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"Esperar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to wait for", and "caer bien" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to like". Learn more about the difference between "esperar" and "caer bien" below.
esperar(
ehs
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peh
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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 await)
a. to wait for
Espérame que yo también voy.Wait for me, I'm coming too.
2. (to wish)
a. to hope
Espero saber de ti pronto.I hope to hear from you soon.
3. (to count on)
a. to expect
No espero compasión si me capturan.I don't expect any mercy if captured.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to await)
a. to wait
Espera que ya vengo.Wait, I'm coming.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
5. (to count on)
a. to expect
Se esperan cortes en el suministro de agua esta noche.Water supply disruptions are expected tonight.
esperarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to wait momentarily)
a. to hold on (emphatic)
Espérate, ¿no se suponía que ibas a estar fuera un par de semanas?Hold on, weren't you supposed to be gone for a couple of weeks?
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caer bien(
kah
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ehr
 
byehn
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to be fond of)
a. to like
¿Te cae bien la nueva profesora de inglés?Do you like the new English teacher?
Sus hermanos me caen muy bien.I like her brothers a lot.
2. (to be good for)
a. to agree with
La leche no me cae bien.Milk doesn't agree with me.
b. to go down well
Lo que dijiste no le ha caído bien.What you said didn't go down well with him.
3. (to look attractive on)
a. to suit
Esa falda te cae muy bien.That skirt really suits you.
caerse bien
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
4. (to get along)
a. to like each other
Ya sabes que tu hermano y yo no nos caemos bien.You know your brother and I don't like each other.
b. to get on
Es evidente que Jorge y Tere no se caen bien.It's obvious that Jorge and Tere don't get on.
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