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"Encontrarse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to be", and "sentirse mal" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to feel bad". Learn more about the difference between "encontrarse" and "sentirse mal" below.
encontrarse(
ehng
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kohn
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trahr
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seh
)
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.
encontrar
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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sentirse mal(
sehn
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teer
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seh
 
mahl
)
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. (emotionally or psychologically; often used with "por")
a. to feel bad
No tienes por qué sentirte mal por lo que pasó. No fue culpa tuya.You don't have to feel bad about what happened. It wasn't your fault.
2. (physically)
a. to feel bad
Si te sientes mal, puedo detener el carro para que salgas a tomar aire fresco.If you feel bad, I can stop the car so you can get some fresh air.
b. to feel ill
¿Dónde está Benito? - Se sentía mal y se ha ido a casa.Where's Benito? - He was feeling ill and he went home.
c. to not feel well
Me siento mal. Voy a quedarme en casa.I don't feel well. I'm staying home.
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