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"Escuchar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to listen to", and "tomar apuntes" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to take notes". Learn more about the difference between "escuchar" and "tomar apuntes" below.
escuchar(
ehs
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koo
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chahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pay attention to)
a. to listen to
Escucha al profesor siempre que te dé instrucciones.Always listen to the teacher when you are given instructions.
Ella suele escuchar jazz de camino al trabajo.She usually listens to jazz on her way to work.
2. (to discern)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to hear
Hola, ¿me escuchas?Hello, can you hear me?
3. (to heed)
a. to listen to
¿Me escucharás si te digo que no desesperes?Will you listen to me if I tell you not to panic?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to pay attention)
a. to listen
Nunca escucha.He never listens.
escucharse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
5. (to hear)
a. to listen to oneself
A veces me escucho y no sé lo que digo.Sometimes I listen to myself and I don't know what I'm saying.
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tomar apuntes(
toh
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mahr
 
ah
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poon
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tehs
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to write down)
a. to take notes
¿Tomaste apuntes durante la clase? ¿Me los prestas?Did you take notes during the class? Would you lend them to me?
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