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"Escapar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to escape", and "escaparse" is a pronominal verb which is also often translated as "to escape". Learn more about the difference between "escapar" and "escaparse" below.
escapar(
ehs
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kah
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pahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to get away)
a. to escape
Los ladrones escaparon antes de que pudiera llegar la policía.The thieves escaped before the police were able to arrive.
2. (sports)
a. to break away
El delantero escapó de la defensa y anotó el gol decisivo.The forward broke away from the defender and scored the deciding goal.
escaparse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (to get away)
a. to escape
Dos presos se escaparon de una prisión de máxima seguridad este fin de semana pasado.Two inmates escaped from a maximum security prison this past weekend.
b. to run away
Cuando tenía 12 años, me enojé tanto con mis padres que estaba planeando escaparme de casa.When I was 12 years old, I got so angry with my parents that I was planning to run away from home.
4. (to go out through a hole)
a. to leak
Cuando abres una botella de soda, puedes oír el gas escaparse de ella.When you open a bottle of soda, you can hear the gas leak out of it.
5. (to fail to recall)
a. not to remember
Conocí a la nueva novia de mi hermano, pero ahora su nombre se me escapa.I met my brother's new girlfriend, but I can't remember her name now.
b. to forget
¿Ayer fue el cumpleaños de tu mamá? ¡Se me escapó!It was your mother's birthday yesterday? I forgot!
6. (to slip by)
a. to pass by
No dejes que se te escape esta oportunidad. La vida pocas veces da segundas oportunidades.Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Life rarely gives you second chances.
b. to miss
Tuve la oportunidad de invitarla a salir, pero se me escapó por ser demasiado tímido.I had the chance to ask her out, but I missed it because I'm too shy.
7. (to release)
a. to let out
Se me escapó una risa durante el panegírico y casi me muero de la vergüenza.I let out a laugh during the eulogy and I almost died of embarrassment.
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escaparse(
ehs
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kah
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pahr
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seh
)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to get away)
a. to escape
Dos presos se escaparon de una prisión de máxima seguridad este fin de semana pasado.Two inmates escaped from a maximum security prison this past weekend.
b. to run away
Cuando tenía 12 años, me enojé tanto con mis padres que estaba planeando escaparme de casa.When I was 12 years old, I got so angry with my parents that I was planning to run away from home.
2. (to go out through a hole)
a. to leak
Cuando abres una botella de soda, puedes oír el gas escaparse de ella.When you open a bottle of soda, you can hear the gas leak out of it.
3. (to fail to recall)
a. not to remember
Conocí a la nueva novia de mi hermano, pero ahora su nombre se me escapa.I met my brother's new girlfriend, but I can't remember her name now.
b. to forget
¿Ayer fue el cumpleaños de tu mamá? ¡Se me escapó!It was your mother's birthday yesterday? I forgot!
4. (to slip by)
a. to pass by
No dejes que se te escape esta oportunidad. La vida pocas veces da segundas oportunidades.Don't let this opportunity pass you by. Life rarely gives you second chances.
b. to miss
Tuve la oportunidad de invitarla a salir, pero se me escapó por ser demasiado tímido.I had the chance to ask her out, but I missed it because I'm too shy.
5. (to release)
a. to let out
Se me escapó una risa durante el panegírico y casi me muero de la vergüenza.I let out a laugh during the eulogy and I almost died of embarrassment.
escapar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to get away)
a. to escape
Los ladrones escaparon antes de que pudiera llegar la policía.The thieves escaped before the police were able to arrive.
7. (sports)
a. to break away
El delantero escapó de la defensa y anotó el gol decisivo.The forward broke away from the defender and scored the deciding goal.
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