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"Encontrarse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to be", and "reunirse" is a reciprocal verb which is often translated as "to meet". Learn more about the difference between "encontrarse" and "reunirse" 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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A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
1. (to get together)
a. to meet
Mi hermano y yo vamos a reunirnos en el café al mediodía.My brother and I are going to meet at the café at noon.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to congregate)
a. to gather
Mi papá nos reunió alrededor de la fogata para relatarnos cuentos.Dad gathered us around the campfire to tell us stories.
Quiero reunir a toda la familia para celebrar Navidad juntos.I want to gather the whole family to celebrate Christmas together.
b. to bring together
La boda reunió a sus dos familias por primera vez.The wedding brought together their two families for the first time.
3. (to create a collection)
a. to collect
A él le gusta reunir conchas marinas y meterlas en un frasco.He likes to collect seashells and put them in a jar.
4. (to attain)
a. to meet
Con la donación más reciente hemos reunido nuestro objetivo.With the most recent donation, we have met our goal.
b. to fulfill
Sus calificaciones no reúnen el requisito mínimo para entrar al programa.His grades do not fulfill the minimum requirement to enter into the program.
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