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"Ensayar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to rehearse", and "practicar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to practice". Learn more about the difference between "ensayar" and "practicar" below.
ensayar(
ehn
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sah
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yahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to work at)
a. to rehearse
El grupo ensayará el espectáculo tres días a la semana.The group will be rehearsing the show three days a week.
b. to practice
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Estuvimos toda la clase ensayando un nuevo paso de baile.We spent the whole class practicing a new dance step.
c. to practise (United Kingdom)
El equipo no ensayó los tiros libres y se vio cuando jugaron.The team didn't practise free kicks and you could see it in their game.
2. (to check)
a. to try out
Voy a ensayar una técnica para picar la verdura.I'm going to try out this new technique for chopping vegetables.
b. test
La compañía está ensayando un método para cargar baterías más rápido.The company is testing a method for charging batteries faster.
3. (metal)
a. to assay
Las muestras de plata se ensayaron en los laboratorios del ministerio de minería.The samples of silver were assayed in the ministry of mining's laboratories.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to work at)
a. to rehearse
La orquesta no ensaya durante el verano.The orchestra doesn't rehearse during the summer.
b. to practice
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Estoy segura de que la canción sonará muy bien si seguimos ensayando.I'm positive the song will sound great if we keep on practicing.
c. to practise (United Kingdom)
No ensayamos lo suficiente para hacerlo bien.We didn't practise enough to do it well.
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practicar(
prahk
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tee
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kahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to train)
a. to practice
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pasé tres horas practicando piano.I spent three hours practicing piano.
b. to practise (United Kingdom)
Hay que practicar mucho para mejorar cualquier destreza.You need to practise a lot in order to improve any skill.
2. (sports)
a. to play
Practicar tenis es un ejercicio estupendo para el cuerpo entero.Playing tennis is a great workout for the entire body.
3. (medicine)
a. to perform
Puede que sea preciso practicar un transplante para salvarlo.It may be necessary to perform a transplant to save him.
4. (religious)
a. to practice
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nació católico, pero ahora practica el budismo.He was born a Catholic, but now he practices Buddhism.
b. to practise (United Kingdom)
¿Practicas el anglicanismo, Nigel?Do you practise Anglicanism, Nigel?
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