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"Escribir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to write", and "elaborar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to produce". Learn more about the difference between "escribir" and "elaborar" below.
escribir(
ehs
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kree
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beer
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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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elaborar(
eh
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lah
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boh
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rahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to create)
a. to produce
Nos propusimos elaborar un vino de la mejor calidad posible.We set out to produce a wine of the highest possible quality.
b. to make
Elaboran quesos artesanales que luego venden en el mercado.They make artisanal cheeses and then sell them at the market.
c. to prepare
Todos nuestros platos están elaborados con ingredientes ecológicos.All our dishes are prepared with organic ingredients.
d. to manufacture (on an industrial scale)
Nuestra empresa elabora perfumes y los comercializa.Our company manufactures and markets perfumes.
2. (to shape)
a. to work (a material)
Los artesanos de la región elaboran la madera y el metal.The artisans in the region work wood and metal.
3. (to conceive)
a. to devise (a strategy or a plan)
La empresa ha elaborado una revolucionaria estrategia de marketing.The firm has devised a revolucionary marketing strategy.
b. to draw up (a budget or a project)
El gobierno elaboró un proyecto destinado a modernizar el sistema educativo.The government drew up a project aimed at modernizing the educational system.
c. to work out (a plan)
Hemos elaborado un nuevo plan de acción.We have worked out a new plan of action.
4. (to compose)
a. to draw up (a document or a list)
Se ha elaborado una lista de todas las opciones posibles.A list of all the possible options has been drawn up.
b. to prepare (a report or a contract)
Nuestro departamento jurídico se encargará de elaborar el contrato de compraventa.Our legal department will prepare the contract of sale.
c. to write (a report)
Estamos elaborando un informe sobre los residuos urbanos y su gestión.We are writing a report on urban waste and its management.
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