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"Estudiando" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to study", and "cursando" is a transitive verb which is also often translated as "to study". Learn more about the difference between "estudiando" and "cursando" below.
estudiar(
ehs
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too
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dyahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to gain knowledge of)
a. to study
Estudié la lección de química con detenimiento.I studied the chemistry lesson carefully.
2. (to pursue a degree in)
a. to study
Si quieres ser cirujano, tendrás que estudiar medicina.If you want to be a surgeon, you'll have to study medicine.
3. (to look into)
a. to study
Ella le estudió la cara para averiguar si estaba diciendo la verdad.She studied his face to figure out if he was telling the truth.
b. to examine
Este artículo estudia los pros y los contras de enseñar con portátiles.This article examines the pros and cons of teaching with laptops.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to gain knowledge)
a. to study
Mañana no puedo ir a la playa con vosotros porque tengo que estudiar.I can't go to the beach tomorrow with you because I have to study.
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cursar(
koor
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sahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (education)
a. to study
Este semestre voy a cursar cuatro asignaturas.I'll be studying four subjects this semester.
b. to take
Cursé Metodología de la Investigación en el primer semestre de la carrera.I took Research Methodology during the first semester of my degree course.
c. to do
Michael está cursando Física I otra vez.Michael is doing Physics 1 again.
d. to read (subject at university) (United Kingdom)
¿Qué asignatura cursas?What subject are you reading?
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ángeles cursaba primero en la universidad cuando conoció a Antonio.Angeles was in her first year at university when she met Antonio.
Nuestro hijo solo cursa segundo de primaria.Our son is only in second grade.
2. (to dispatch)
a. to send off
Ya cursé todos los documentos solicitados por el registro civil.I've already sent off all the documents requested by the civil registry.
3. (to provide)
a. to issue
La oficina está cursando la autorización para inaugurar el establecimiento.The office is in the process of issuing the authorization to open the store.
4. (to handle)
a. to deal with
Ya estás en comunicación con el departamento que cursa los documentos relativos a la importación de vinos, ¿verdad?You're already in touch with the department that deals with documents relating to the import of wines, aren't you?
b. to process
Todavía se cursan los documentos; los tendrá usted la semana que viene.The documents are still being processed; you'll have them next week.
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