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"Fight" is a noun which is often translated as "la pelea", and "strive" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "esforzarse por". Learn more about the difference between "fight" and "strive" below.
fight(
fayt
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (quarrel)
a. la pelea
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My brothers got into a fight over a girl.Mis hermanos se enzarzaron en una pelea por una chica.
b. la riña
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The fight between the kids was over a toy.La riña entre los niños fue por un juguete.
2. (military)
a. la lucha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The main fight was at the hill.La lucha principal fue en la colina.
3. (struggle)
a. la lucha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It's a tough fight, but you'll beat cancer.Es una lucha dura pero vencerás el cáncer.
4. (fighting spirit)
a. el espíritu de lucha
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In spite of the defeat, I was still full of fight.A pesar de la derrota, me quedaba espíritu de lucha.
5. (sports)
a. el combate
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The boxers were training for the fight.Los boxeadores se estaban entrenando para el combate.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to combat)
a. pelear
My dad fought in the battle that won the war.Mi papá peleó en la batalla que ganó la guerra.
b. luchar
American soldiers fought in the Second World War.Soldados americanos lucharon en la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
c. combatir
All our troops fought in the war.Todas nuestras tropas combatieron en la guerra.
7. (to quarrel)
a. pelearse
They are always fighting over everything.Siempre se están peleando por todo.
b. discutir
It's decided, so let's not fight anymore.Está decidido, así que no discutamos más.
8. (to struggle for or against something)
a. luchar
My heroes are all those people who fought for their rights to the end.Mis héroes son todas esas personas que lucharon por sus derechos hasta el final.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
9. (to combat)
a. luchar contra
The knight fought a dragon to save the princess.El caballero luchó contra un dragón para salvar a la princesa.
b. combatir contra
Our army will fight anything that threatens our freedom.Nuestro ejército combatirá contra todo lo que amenace nuestra libertad.
10. (to oppose)
a. oponerse
It's decided, so don't fight me on this.Está decidido, así que no te me opongas.
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strive(
strayv
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to try hard; used with infinitive)
a. esforzarse por
Monica always strives to provide excellent service to her clients.Mónica siempre se esfuerza por ofrecer un excelente servicio a sus clientes.
b. luchar por
Lito is striving to be number one in his class this semester.Lito está luchando por ser el número uno en su clase este semestre.
2. (to try to get; used with "after" or "for")
a. esforzarse por alcanzar
She will strive for perfection, because that is who she is.Siempre se esfuerza por alcanzar la perfección, porque no puede evitarlo.
b. luchar por conseguir
He's been striving after freedom all his life.Ha luchado por conseguir la libertad toda su vida.
3. (to struggle)
a. luchar
The priest told the parishioners they must strive against sin.El sacerdote les dijo a los feligreses que debían luchar contra el pecado.
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