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"Estudiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to study", and "conversar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to talk". Learn more about the difference between "estudiar" and "conversar" below.
estudiar(
ehs
-
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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conversar(
kohm
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behr
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sahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to make conversation)
a. to talk
Jorge y su esposa conversaron acerca de sus planes para el retiro.Jorge and his wife talked about their retirement plans.
b. to converse
La gente conversaba animadamente mientras disfrutaban de sus comidas.People were conversing animatedly and enjoying their meals.
c. to chat
Las abuelas conversaron por horas acerca de sus nietos.The grandmothers chatted for hours about their grandchildren.
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