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"Encontrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to find", and "ver" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to see". Learn more about the difference between "encontrar" and "ver" below.
encontrar(
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kohn
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trahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to retrieve)
a. to find
Al fin encontré las llaves del coche.I finally found my car keys.
2. (to uncover)
a. to discover
Ellos encontraron una caja vieja en el bosque.They discovered an old box in the forest.
b. to encounter
Encontramos una bifurcación en el sendero y no sabíamos qué dirección tomar.We encountered a fork in the road and didn't know which path to take.
3. (to consider)
a. to find
¿No te gusta ir al teatro? - No, lo encuentro muy aburrido.Don't you like to go to the theater? - No, I find it very boring.
encontrarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to be situated)
a. to be
La playa se encuentra al otro lado de la calle.The beach is on the opposite side of the street.
5. (to sense)
a. to feel
No me encuentro muy animado.I don't feel too lively.
6. (to get together)
a. to meet
Nos encontraremos en el bar para una copa.We'll meet at the bar for a drink.
7. (to experience a state or situation)
a. to find oneself
Me encuentro en un dilema.I find myself in a dilemma.
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ver(
behr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to perceive with the eyes)
a. to see
¿Quieres ver mi carro nuevo?Do you want to see my new car?
2. (to observe)
a. to watch
Se sentaron en el sofá a ver su programa de televisión favorito.They sat on the sofa to watch their favorite television program.
b. to look at
Me gusta ir a ver los cuadros en el museo.I like to go look at paintings in the museum.
c. to see
He leído el libro, pero no he visto la película. ¿Es buena?I've read the book but haven't seen the movie. Is it any good?
3. (to notice)
a. to see
¿Tú ves la diferencia entre esta camisa y la azul?Do you see the difference between this shirt and the blue one?
4. (to verify)
a. to see
Ve a ver quién está en la puerta.Go see who's at the door.
b. to check
Tengo que ver cuánto dinero tengo en el banco.I have to see how much money I have in the bank.
5. (to be witness to)
a. to see
Este campo vio la muerte de muchos durante la guerra.This field saw the death of many during the war.
b. to witness
Esta ciudad ha visto tiempos buenos y malos.This city has witnessed good times and bad.
c. to live through
Mi abuelo ha visto cuatro guerras y sigue siendo optimista.My grandfather has lived through four wars, and he's still an optimist.
6. (to recognize)
a. to see
No le veo nada de chistoso a esto.I don't see anything funny about this.
7. (to comprehend)
a. to see
¿Ves lo que te digo?Do you see what I'm saying?
b. to understand
No veo por qué tengo que trabajar.I don't understand why I have to work.
8. (to picture)
a. to see
No la veo viviendo en otro país.I can't see her living in another country.
b. to imagine
Todavía los puedo ver como si fuera ayer.I can still imagine you guys like it was yesterday.
9. (to meet)
a. to see
Voy a ver al doctor esta tarde.I'm going to see the doctor this afternoon.
b. to meet with
Tienes que ver al cliente mañana.You have to meet with the client tomorrow.
10. (legal)
a. to hear
Tu caso se verá en el tribunal el mes entrante.Your case will be heard in court next month.
b. to try
El caso de la Mataviejitas será visto en el capital.The case of the Old Lady Killer will be tried in the capital.
11. (to study)
a. to look at
El semestre que viene veremos el impacto de las empresas sobre el medioambiente.Next semester we will look at the impact of companies on the environment.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
12. (to perceive with the eyes)
a. to see
Amanecí esta mañana y no podía ver.I woke up this morning and I couldn't see.
13. (to observe)
a. to watch
Mamá, ¡ve! Puedo manejar el carro yo solito.Mom, watch! I can drive the car all by myself.
14. (to verify)
a. to see
¿Tenemos papel sanitario? Déjame ver.Do we have toilet paper? Let me see.
15. (to consider)
a. to see
¿Podemos ir a la playa mañana? - Veremos.Can we go to the beach tomorrow? - We'll see.
16. (to comprehend)
a. to see
¿Ya ves? - No, no veo. Explícame de nuevo la situación.You see? - No, I don't see. Explain the situation to me again.
17. (to try; used with "de")
a. to see about
Veremos de arreglar el fregadero mañana.We'll see about fixing the sink tomorrow.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
18. (appearance)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ese actor no es de mal ver, pero a mí no me gusta.That actor isn't bad-looking, but I don't find him attractive.
¿Cómo es tu prima? - Es inteligente, trabajadora, y además tiene buen ver.What's your cousin like? - She's smart, hardworking, and she's also good-looking.
19. (opinion)
a. view
Bueno, en mi ver, la educación debe ser gratis para todos.Well, in my view, education should be free for everyone.
verse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
20. (to view oneself)
a. to see oneself
Me quiero ver en el espejo a ver cómo me queda el corte de pelo.I want to see myself in the mirror to see how my haircut looks.
21. (to imagine oneself)
a. to see oneself
No me veo trabajando aquí de por vida.I don't see myself working here for the rest of my life.
b. to picture oneself
No me puedo ver casado.I don't picture myself married.
22. (to be in a situation)
a. to find oneself
Él se vio rodeado de enemigos.He found himself surrounded by enemies.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
23. (to seem)
a. to look
¿Te hiciste algo? ¡Te ves fantástica!Is there something different about you? You look fantastic!
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
24. (to meet up with)
a. to see each other
Nos vimos en la fiesta de anoche.We saw each other at last night's party.
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