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"Enterarse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to find out", and "encontrar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to find". Learn more about the difference between "enterarse" and "encontrar" below.
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
a. to understand
¿Te enteraste de lo que dijo?Did you understand what he said?
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
Regionalism used in 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
a. to complete
Ya enteré el primer trimestre de la formación.I have already completed my first term of training.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to retrieve)
a. to find
Al fin encontré las llaves del coche.I finally found my car keys.
2. (to uncover)
a. to discover
Ellos encontraron una caja vieja en el bosque.They discovered an old box in the forest.
b. to encounter
Encontramos una bifurcación en el sendero y no sabíamos qué dirección tomar.We encountered a fork in the road and didn't know which path to take.
3. (to consider)
a. to find
¿No te gusta ir al teatro? - No, lo encuentro muy aburrido.Don't you like to go to the theater? - No, I find it very boring.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to be situated)
a. to be
La playa se encuentra al otro lado de la calle.The beach is on the opposite side of the street.
5. (to sense)
a. to feel
No me encuentro muy animado.I don't feel too lively.
6. (to get together)
a. to meet
Nos encontraremos en el bar para una copa.We'll meet at the bar for a drink.
7. (to experience a state or situation)
a. to find oneself
Me encuentro en un dilema.I find myself in a dilemma.
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