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"Escribir" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to write", and "redactar" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to write". Learn more about the difference between "escribir" and "redactar" 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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redactar(
rreh
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dahk
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tahr
)
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 (an essay, composition, text)
Tengo que redactar un ensayo para mi clase de literatura.I have to write an essay for my literature class.
b. to draw up (a contract, agreement, treaty)
Redactó un contrato que es válido para ambas partes.He drew up a contract that applies to both parties.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to express oneself in writing)
a. to write
Esta alumna redacta muy bien.This student writes very well.
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