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"Esperar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to wait for", and "confiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to confide". Learn more about the difference between "esperar" and "confiar" below.
esperar(
ehs
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peh
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rahr
)
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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confiar(
kohm
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fyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to tell)
a. to confide
Dora me confió su mayor secreto.Dora confided her biggest secret to me.
2. (to put into someone's care)
a. to entrust with
Le confiaron la dirección de la compañía.They entrusted him with the management of the company.
b. to put in charge of
Estamos buscando a una empresa en quien confiar la realización del proyecto.We're looking for a company to put in charge of the project.
c. to trust
Muchos jubilados cometieron el error de confiar sus ahorros a esa empresa que ayer quebró.Many pensioners made the mistake of trusting their savings to that company that went under yesterday.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to have confidence; used with "en")
a. to trust
Confía en mí, todo estará bien.Trust me, everything will be fine.
b. to be confident
Confío en que van a hacer bien el trabajo.I'm confident that they'll do the job well.
confiarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to be too confident)
a. to be overconfident
No te confíes; este es el primer examen y quedan dos más por aprobar.Don't be overconfident; this is the first exam and there are two more to go.
b. to be too sure of oneself
Andrea tiene posibilidades de ganar, pero no debería confiarse demasiado.Andrea has chances of winning, but she shouldn't be too sure of herself.
5. (to put your trust in)
a. to confide in
Necesito una persona en quien confiarme.I need someone to confide in.
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