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"Escribir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to write", and "costar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to cost". Learn more about the difference between "escribir" and "costar" below.
escribir(
ehs
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kree
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beer
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put in writing)
a. to write
El alumno escribió su ensayo de 20 páginas dentro de una noche.The student wrote his 20-page essay in one night.
Escribe lo que digo.Write what I say.
2. (to compose)
a. to write
Me escribió una canción de amor.He wrote me a love song.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to spell)
a. to write
Los nombres propios se escriben con mayúscula.Proper nouns are written with capital letters.
escribirse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
4. (to correspond)
a. to write to each other
Nos escribimos todos los días.We write to each other every day.
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costar(
kohs
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tahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be valued at)
a. to cost
Ese tratamiento cuesta una fortuna.That treatment costs a fortune.
2. (to be difficult to)
a. to be hard
Me costó decirle la verdad, pero sabía que tenía que hacerlo.It was hard to tell him the truth, but I knew that I had to do it.
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