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"Lee" is a form of "leer", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to read". "Escucha" is a noun which is often translated as "listening". Learn more about the difference between "escucha" and "lee" below.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (act of listening)
a. listening
La escucha es una destreza importante para trabajar en el servicio de atención al cliente.Listening is an important skill for working in customer service.
2. (espionage)
a. monitoring
El juez emitió una orden para la escucha de la línea telefónica del sospechoso. The judge issued a warrant for monitoring of the suspect's telephone line.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
3. (military)
a. scout
El escucha regresó e informó al capitán sobre las fortificaciones del enemigo.The scout returned and informed the captain about the enemy's fortifications.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look through)
a. to read
Deberías leer las obras completas de Shakespeare.You should read the complete works of Shakespeare.
2. (to guess the thoughts of)
a. to read
A ese jugador de póker es imposible leerle la cara.It's impossible to read that poker player's face.
3. (computing)
a. to read
Se produjo un error al leer el documento.An error occurred while reading the document.
4. (education)
a. to defend
Leyó su tesis doctoral frente a un panel de profesores.She defended her doctoral thesis in front of a panel of professors.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to look through text)
a. to read
Leo antes de acostarme para relajarme.I read before going to bed to relax.
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