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"Esperar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to wait for", and "continuar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to continue". Learn more about the difference between "esperar" and "continuar" 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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continuar(
kohn
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tee
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nwahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to procede with)
a. to continue
Ella continúa la tarea a pesar de estar muy cansada.She continues the task even though she's very tired.
b. to carry on with
Tienes que continuar el proyecto a pesar de los obstáculos.You have to carry on with the project despite the obstacles.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to keep going)
a. to continue
Este comportamiento no puede continuar.This behavior can't continue.
b. to go on
¿Vas a continuar a trabajar con ese cliente?Are you going to go on working with that client?
3. (to extend)
a. to continue
El camino de bicicleta continúa por toda la ciudad.The bicycle path continues throughout the city.
continuarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to extend)
a. to continue
La calle se continúa en dirección a la playa.The street continues in the direction of the beach.
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