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"Ensamblar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to assemble", and "montar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to ride". Learn more about the difference between "ensamblar" and "montar" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to unite)
a. to assemble
Vendemos muebles fáciles de ensamblar en casa.We sell furniture which is easy to assemble at home.
b. to join
El carpintero ensambló las piezas de madera utilizando unos clavos.The carpenter joined the pieces of wood using some nails.
2. (computing)
a. to assemble
Nuestro profesor explicó el lenguaje de programación utilizado para ensamblar el programa.Our teacher explained the programming language used to assemble the program.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to travel on horseback)
a. to ride
Mabel aprendió a montar el caballo de su abuelo cuando tenía apenas cuatro años.Mabel learned to ride her grandfather's horse when she was just four years old.
b. to mount
¿Puedes agarrar la cabeza de la yegua para que la pueda montar?Can you hold the mare's head so that I can mount her?
2. (to piece together)
a. to put together
Amy y John tardaron cuatro horas en montar su cama nueva.It took Amy and John four hours to put together their new bed.
b. to assemble
Para montar esta bicicleta, se necesita una llave ajustable.To assemble this bicycle, an adjustable wrench is needed.
c. to put up
No vamos a poder montar este librero de roble sin ayuda.We aren't going to be able to put up this oak bookcase without help.
3. (to organize)
a. to put on
Van a montar "Don Juan Tenorio" el sábado en la plaza central.They're going to put on "Don Juan Tenorio" Saturday in the central plaza.
b. to stage
Decidieron montar la obra en el teatro de la universidad.They decided to stage the show at the university theater.
c. to mount
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
El museo de arte va a montar una exposición sobre las artesanías del siglo XV.The art museum is going to mount an exhibition on 15th century handicrafts.
4. (to establish)
a. to set up
Mi cuñada montó una tienda de productos orgánicos en el centro.My sister-in-law set up an organic goods store downtown.
5. (to raise)
a. to lift onto
El mono montó a su cría en su espalda.The monkey lifted its baby onto its back.
6. (film)
a. to edit
Julio se encargó de montar el cortometraje.Julio took care of editing the short film.
7. (sewing)
a. to cast on
Mi abuela me enseñó a montar puntos con dos agujas.My grandmother showed me how to cast on stitches with two needles.
8. (to mate with)
a. to mount
El toro montó a la vaca.The bull mounted the cow.
9. (culinary)
a. to whip
¿Me pasas el batidor para montar la nata, mamá?Can you pass me the whisk to whip the cream with, mom?
b. to whisk
Monta las claras antes de añadirlas a la mezcla.Whisk the egg whites before adding them to the mix.
c. to beat
Hay que volver a montar los huevos.You need to beat the eggs again.
10. (to prepare for firing)
a. to cock
El ladrón montó su pistola y gritó, "¡Nunca me atraparán con vida!"The robber cocked his pistol and shouted, "You'll never take me alive!"
11. (to put a jewel in place)
a. to set
Ángela pidió que el joyero montara unos seis zafiros alrededor de la esmeralda.Angela asked that the jeweler set six sapphires around the emerald.
b. to mount
El fabricante de joyas montó el diamante en una sortija de paladio.The jewelry maker mounted the diamond in a palladium ring.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
12. (to get up on)
a. to mount
El mozo de cuadra la ayudará a montar, señora.The stableboy will help you mount, ma'am.
b. to get on
Papi, quiero probar esta bici. ¿Me ayudas a montar?Daddy, I want to try this bike. Will you help me get on?
13. (to travel by horse or bicycle)
a. to ride
Mi hermana monta muy bien.My sister rides very well.
14. (to equal; used with "a")
a. to come to
El total de las reparaciones a su casa monta a 100,000 dólares.The total of the repairs to your house comes to 100,000 dollars.
15. (to overlap; used with "sobre")
a. to cover part of
La etiqueta del precio monta sobre la cubierta del libro.The price tag covers part of the cover of the book.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
16. (to get up on)
a. to mount
A Janie le dio miedo montarse al caballo.Janie was scared of mounting the horse.
b. to get on
Ven, móntate a la moto conmigo.Come on, get on the motorcycle with me.
c. to get onto
¿De verdad se van a montar a ese toro enorme?Are you really going to get onto that giant bull?
d. to get in (a vehicle)
Ya se pueden montar al carro, muchachos.You can get in the car now, kids.
e. to get into (a vehicle)
Angie se montó a la camioneta y se fue rumbo al campo.Angie got into the truck and drove toward the countryside.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to manage)
Regionalism used in Spain
a. to handle
Yo sé que trabajar 12 horas seguidas es duro, pero me lo puedo montar.I know that working 12 hours straight is tough, but I can handle it.
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