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"Enviar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to send", and "preparar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to prepare". Learn more about the difference between "enviar" and "preparar" below.
enviar(
ehn
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byahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. to send
Mis amigos me enviaron fotos de la fiesta.My friends sent me photos of the party.
Mi mamá envió a mi hermano a que fuera de compras.My mom sent my brother shopping.
b. to mail
Yo le envié a mi novio tres cartas por semana.I mailed my boyfriend three letters a week.
c. to ship
El paquete que me enviaron aún no llegó.The package they shipped me still hasn't arrived.
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preparar(
preh
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pah
-
rahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to organize)
a. to prepare
Prepara las cosas para ir mañana al colegio.Prepare your things for school tomorrow.
2. (to be ready)
a. to prepare
Nunca estamos preparados para la vida.We are never prepared for life.
3. (to make)
a. to prepare
Estoy preparando una gran fiesta para tu regreso.I'm preparing a big party for your return.
prepararse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to study)
a. to prepare
Me he estado preparando para un examen.I've been preparing for an exam.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to groom)
a. to get ready
Me estoy preparando para la fiesta de esta noche.I'm getting ready for a party tonight.
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