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"Enganchar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to hook", and "llevar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to take". Learn more about the difference between "enganchar" and "llevar" below.
enganchar(
ehng
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gahn
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chahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to attach)
a. to hook
Después de enganchar la repisa hay que apretar los tornillos.After hooking the shelf you need to tighten the screws.
2. (to attach)
a. to hitch up (vehicle)
Engancharon el auto descompuesto a la grúa.They hitched up the broken-down car to the tow truck.
b. to harness (horse)
El caballerango enganchó los caballos a la carreta.The groom harnessed the horses to the cart.
c. to couple (wagons)
Después de enganchar los vagones, el tren estaba listo para partir.After coupling the wagons, the train was ready to leave.
3. (to hire)
a. to contract
La compañía necesita enganchar algunos trabajadores para la remodelación.The company needs to contract some workers for the remodeling.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to catch)
a. to nab
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Después de una larga persecución, la policía logró enganchar al ladrón.After a long chase, the police was able to nab the thief.
5. (to attract)
a. to hook
La nueva serie de televisión nos enganchó. No podemos dejar de verla.The new TV series hooked us. We can't stop watching it.
b. to rope into
Lo engancharon para que hiciera trabajo voluntario.They roped him into doing volunteer work.
engancharse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to get caught)
a. to get hooked
Mi falda se enganchó con un clavo y se rompió.My skirt got hooked on a nail and tore.
7. (to become an addict)
a. to get hooked
Se enganchó a la cocaína y se metió en muchos problemas.He got hooked on cocaine and got into a lot of trouble.
8. (military)
a. to enlist
Mi padre se enganchó en la marina cuando tenía 18 años.My father enlisted in the Navy when he was 18.
b. to join
Algunos amigos decidieron engancharse en el ejército.Some of my friends decided to join the Army.
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llevar(
yeh
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bahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to transport)
a. to take
Lleva los platos sucios a la cocina.Take the dirty plates to the kitchen.
b. to carry
Mi marido llevará las bolsas de la compra.My husband will carry the grocery bags.
c. to give a ride (in a vehicle)
Te llevo a la estación si quieres.I can give you a ride to the station if you like.
2. (to escort to)
a. to take
El mayordomo nos llevó a nuestra habitación.The butler took us to our room.
3. (clothing)
a. to wear
Ella siempre lleva sus botas favoritas cuando nieva.She always wears her favorite boots when it snows.
4. (to spend time on)
a. to be
Llevo cuatro horas estudiando y todavía me queda mucho.I've been studying for four hours and there's still a lot left.
5. (to be more than)
a. to be ahead by
Le lleva cuatro metros de ventaja en la carrera.He is ahead by four meters in the race.
b. to be older than (comparative)
Mi marido me lleva dos meses.My husband is two months older than me.
6. (to manage)
a. to handle
Sofía lleva todos los asuntos de finanzas en la familia.Sofía handles all the finances in the family.
b. to deal with
¿Quién va a llevar lo del traslado de oficina?¿Who's going to deal with the office move?
7. (to cope with)
a. to get on
Me enteré de que cerró la fábrica. ¿Cómo lo llevas?I heard the factory closed down. How are you getting on?
b. to handle
La profesora sabe llevar a los alumnos.The teacher knows how to handle the students.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to take to: used with "a")
a. to lead to
¿Sabes a dónde lleva este túnel?Do you know where this tunnel leads to?
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
9. (to complete)
a. to have (used with past participle)
Lleva comidos cuatro trozos de pizza.She has already eaten four slices of pizza.
llevarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
10. (to transport)
a. to take
Se llevó todas sus pertenencias consigo.He took all of his belongings with him.
11. (to be friends)
a. to get along
Las dos hermanas nunca se han llevado bien.The two sisters have never gotten along well.
12. (to be fashionable)
a. to be in
Se llevan mucho las zapatillas de deporte con trajes ahora.Wearing sneakers with a suit is really in now.
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