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"Envuelve" is a form of "envolver", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to wrap". "Enreda" is a form of "enredar", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to tangle up". Learn more about the difference between "envuelve" and "enreda" below.
envolver(
ehm
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bohl
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behr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to cover)
a. to wrap
Tengo que envolver los regalos de mis hijos.I need to wrap my kids' presents.
Envolvimos los regalos con papel navideño.We wrapped the presents with Christmas wrapping paper.
b. to wrap up
La herida estaba envuelta con vendas.The wound was wrapped up in bandages.
2. (to be all around)
a. to surround
El pericardio es una membrana que envuelve el corazón.The pericardium is a membrane that surrounds the heart.
b. to envelop
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
La noche envolvía el tren y no se veía nada por la ventanilla.The night enveloped the train and you couldn't see anything through the window.
c. to shroud
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
La niebla envolvía el puerto de la ciudad.The town's harbor was shrouded in fog.
d. to cloak
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
La historia de la desaparición del cuadro está envuelta en misterio.The story of the disappearance of the picture is cloaked in mystery.
3. (to express indirectly)
a. to imply
La declaración del sospechoso envuelve una amenaza a las víctimas.The suspect's statement implies a threat for the victims.
b. to contain
Sus bromas siempre envuelven un crítica.His jokes always contain a critique.
4. (to engage; used with "en")
a. to involve
La policía cree que Lanata está envuelto en algún negocio turbio.The police think Lanata is involved in some dirty business.
b. to get involved in
Carmen siempre me envuelve en sus problemas y terminamos peléandonos.Carmen always gets me involved in her problems and we end up arguing.
5. (to roll)
a. to wind
Para hacer un pompón, comienza por envolver la lana alrededor de tus dedos.To make a pompom, start by winding the wool around your fingers.
envolverse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to cover oneself)
a. to wrap oneself up
Me envolví en una manta y me quedé dormido.I wrapped myself up in a blanket and fell asleep.
7. (to get engaged; used with "en")
a. to become involved in
Lo envolvieron en el caso por estar en el sitio equivocado a la hora equivocada.He became involved in the case by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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enredar(
ehn
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reh
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dahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to interlace)
a. to tangle up
Asegúrate de no enredar los cables cuando los guardes.Make sure that you don't tangle up the cables when you put them away.
b. to mess up
Mi sobrino acaba de enredar todos los collares en mi joyero y los anudó.My nephew just messed up all the necklaces in my jewelry box and got them in knots.
2. (to obscure)
a. to complicate
La burocracia enreda el proceso de admisión.Bureaucracy complicates the admission process.
b. to mess up
Debiste haber cerrado la boca. Tu comentario solo enredó las cosas.You should have kept your mouth shut. Your comment just messed things up.
c. to make complicated
Toda esta jerga técnica enreda este artículo. ¿Lo puedes reescribir en términos simples?All this technical jargon is making this article complicated. Can you rewrite it in layman's terms?
d. to confuse
Trata de no enredar calidad con cantidad.Try not to confuse quality with quantity.
3. (to compromise)
a. to get someone mixed up
Enredaron al famoso actor en un delito solo para manchar su imagen.They got the famous actor mixed up in a crime to mar his image.
b. to get someone caught up
Los miembros de la pandilla enredaron a mi hermano menor en unos problemas legales.The gang members got my younger brother caught up in some legal trouble.
4. (to divert one's attention)
a. to distract
Lorena enredó a la maestra después de clase con preguntas sobre historia.Lorena distracted the teacher after class with questions about history.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to fidget)
a. to fiddle around
Mi hijo no dejaba de enredar en la sala de espera, fastidiando a todos.My son couldn't stop fiddling around in the waiting room, irritating everybody.
b. to fiddle with
Martina estaba enredando con una pelotita y terminó rompiendo un vidrio.Martina was fiddling with a little ball and ended up breaking a window.
enredarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to be interlaced)
a. to get tangled
Abrí la cajita y vi que todos mis collares se habían enredado.I opened the little box and noticed that all my necklaces got tangled.
b. to get tangled up
Los sedales de nuestras cañas se enredaron y los tuvimos que cortar.Our fishing lines got tangled up and we had to cut them.
7. (to get confusing)
a. to get complicated
¿Hay un sospechoso más? Este caso cada vez se enreda más.There's a new suspect? This case keeps getting more complicated.
8. (to be troubled)
a. to get confused
¿Puedes repetirlo más lento? Me enredé con tantos números.Can you repeat it slowly? I got confused with so many numbers.
9. (to have a relationship)
a. to get involved with
Juan se enredó con mi tía. No sabía que ella le gustaba.Juan got involved with my aunt. I didn't know he liked her.
10. (to entwine)
a. to climb
La hiedra se enreda en las paredes de la mansión.The ivy is climbing the walls of the mansion.
b. to twist oneself around
Quiero plantar enredaderas para que se enreden en la reja del jardín.I want to plant vines so they twist themselves around the gate to the garden.
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