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"Enyesar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to plaster", and "lucir" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to shine". Learn more about the difference between "enyesar" and "lucir" below.
enyesar(
ehn
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yeh
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sahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (construction)
a. to plaster
El yesero enyesó las paredes después de quitar el empapelado.The plasterer plastered the walls after removing the wallpaper.
2. (medicine)
a. to put in a plaster cast
El enfermero le enyesó el brazo a Juan después de que se lo quebrara en un accidente de bicicleta.The nurse put Juan's arm in a plaster cast after he broke it in a cycling accident.
b. to put in plaster (United Kingdom)
Cuando te enyesan una pierna pierdes todo el músculo que tenías.When they put your leg in plaster you lose all the muscle you used to have.
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lucir(
loo
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seer
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to give off light)
a. to shine
Las estrellas lucen más en el bosque que en la ciudad.The stars shine more in the woods than in the city.
2. (to appear)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to look
Luces un poco cansado. ¿Dormiste bien?You look a little tired. Did you sleep well?
3. (to look nice)
a. to look good
Llegó al baile luciendo en su nuevo vestido.She arrived at the dance looking good in her new dress.
4. (to display progress)
a. to show
Tengo diez horas trabajando en este proyecto. - ¿De verdad? Pues, no luce.I've been working on this project for ten hours. - Really? It doesn't show.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to dress in)
a. to wear
El director fue visto luciendo un impresionante blazer color morado.The director was seen wearing a stunning purple blazer.
b. to sport
El jugador está luciendo un nuevo par de tenis.The player is sporting a new pair of sneakers.
6. (to display)
a. to show off
La actriz lució su despampanante figura.The actress showed off her stunning figure.
b. to flaunt
El levantador de pesas lució sus brazos.The weightlifter flaunted his arms.
lucirse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to outdo oneself)
a. to excel
Harriet de verdad se está luciendo en la escuela de medicina.Harriet is really excelling in medical school.
b. to shine
Como siempre, la actriz se lució en la alfombra roja.As always, the actress shone on the red carpet.
8. (to make a spectacle of oneself)
a. to make a fool of oneself
De verdad que te luciste ayer en la fiesta.You really made a fool of yourself yesterday at the party.
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