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"Engañar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to deceive", and "hacer trampa" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to cheat". Learn more about the difference between "engañar" and "hacer trampa" below.
engañar(
ehng
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gah
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nyahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to lie to)
a. to deceive
Pudo engañar al público con su propaganda.He was able to deceive the public with his propaganda.
b. to trick
Me dijiste que no sabías jugar, ¡me engañaste!You told me you didn't know how to play. You tricked me!
c. to fool
No te dejes engañar con sus historias encantadoras.Don't let him fool you with his charming stories.
2. (to be unfaithful to)
a. to cheat on
Mi ex-novio me engañó con mi mejor amiga.My ex-boyfriend cheated on me with my best friend.
3. (to swindle)
a. to mislead
Él me engañó vendiéndome una casa que no tenía derecho de vender.He misled me into buying a home that he did not have the right to sell.
b. to trick
Le dijo que estaba embarazada con el fin de engañarlo para casarse con ella.She told him she was pregnant in order to trick him into marrying her.
c. to cheat
El vendedor de autos usados me engañó.The used car salesman cheated me.
d. to swindle
Un estafador despreciable les engañó miles en la subasta.A despicable con man swindled them out of thousands at the auction.
4. (to appease)
a. to curb
Como quedaron tres horas para la comida, decidió engañar el hambre con una merienda.With three more hours till dinner, she decided to curb her hunger with a snack.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to be misleading)
a. to be deceptive
El encanto engaña.Charm is deceptive.
engañarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
6. (to delude oneself)
a. to fool oneself
Te estás engañando si crees que realmente te van a pagar tanto. You are fooling yourself if you think they are really going to pay you that much.
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hacer trampa(
ah
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sehr
 
trahm
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pah
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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 cheat
No quiero jugar con Jorge a las cartas porque siempre hace trampa.I don't want to play cards with Jorge because he always cheats.
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