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"Enterarse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to find out", and "averiguar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to find out". Learn more about the difference between "enterarse" and "averiguar" below.
enterarse(
ehn
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teh
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rahr
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to discover)
a. to find out
Me enteraré de la verdad pase lo que pase.I will find out the truth no matter what.
2. (to know)
a. to hear
¿Te has enterado de lo que les pasó estando de vacaciones?Did you hear about what happened to them while on vacation?
b. to find out
Acabo de enterarme por mi vecina y he venido tan deprisa como he podido.I just found out from my neighbor and came as quickly as possible.
3. (to perceive)
a. to notice
Ni me enteré de que habías entrado.I didn't even notice you had come in.
4. (to comprehend)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. to understand
¿Te enteraste de lo que dijo?Did you understand what he said?
enterar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to communicate)
a. to inform
Tenemos que enterar a las autoridades.We have to inform the authorities.
b. to notify
La secretaria le enviará una carta para enterarle.The secretary will send a letter to notify you.
6. (to remit)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to pay
Ahora ya es posible enterar los impuestos a través de Internet.It is now possible to pay your taxes over the Internet.
7. (to make up)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. to complete
Ya enteré el primer trimestre de la formación.I have already completed my first term of training.
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averiguar(
ah
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beh
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ree
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gwahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to uncover)
a. to find out
¿Averiguaste qué era lo que le pasaba?Did you find out what was wrong with him?
b. to discover
Los niños averiguaron dónde sus papás habían escondido los regalos.The kids discovered where their parents had hidden the presents.
averiguarse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
2. (to make do)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. to get by
Nos vamos a averiguar con los ahorros del año pasado.We will get by with our savings from last year.
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