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"Encontrarse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to be", and "faltar a clase" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to skip class". Learn more about the difference between "encontrarse" and "faltar a clase" below.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (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.
2. (to sense)
a. to feel
No me encuentro muy animado.I don't feel too lively.
3. (to get together)
a. to meet
Nos encontraremos en el bar para una copa.We'll meet at the bar for a drink.
4. (to experience a state or situation)
a. to find oneself
Me encuentro en un dilema.I find myself in a dilemma.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to retrieve)
a. to find
Al fin encontré las llaves del coche.I finally found my car keys.
6. (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.
7. (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.
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faltar a clase(
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (general)
a. to skip class (intentionally)
Mis amigos y yo faltamos a clase para ir a ver un partido de básquet.My friends and I skipped class to go see a basketball game.
b. to miss class
No me gusta faltar a clase porque me atraso.I don't like to miss class because I get behind.
c. to be absent from class
Falté a clase porque estaba enfermo. Aquí está mi justificante.I was absent from class because I was sick. Here's the doctor's note.
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