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"Enseñar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to teach", and "mostrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to show". Learn more about the difference between "enseñar" and "mostrar" below.
enseñar(
ehn
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seh
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nyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to educate)
a. to teach
Mi padre me enseñó a pescar.My father taught me how to fish.
2. (to allow to view)
a. to show
Ana me enseñó su casa nueva.Ana showed me her new house.
3. (to give as an example)
a. to teach
Perder su trabajo le enseñó a ser más trabajador.Losing his job taught him to be more hardworking.
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mostrar(
mohs
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trahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to exhibit)
a. to show
¿Oíste que están mostrando la nueva película en IMAX?Did you hear that they're showing the new movie at the IMAX?
b. to display
Los vendedores en la feria muestran sus mercancías al público.The vendors at the fair display their wares to the public.
2. (to demonstrate)
a. to show
Muéstrame cómo se juega.Show me how to play.
mostrarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to appear)
a. to seem
Se mostraron emocionados con la noticia.They seemed excited by the news.
b. to act
Siempre se muestran educados ante la maestra. They always act polite in front of the teacher.
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