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"Find it" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "encontrarlo", and "look for it" is a phrase which is often translated as "búscalo". Learn more about the difference between "find it" and "look for it" below.
find it
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to look for something)
a. encontrarlo (masculine)
I lost my textbook. - If you can't find it, you'll need to buy a new one.Perdí mi libro de texto. - Si no puedes encontrarlo, tendrás que comprar uno nuevo.
b. encontrarla (femenine)
I'm looking for my jacket. - I'll help you find it.Estoy buscando mi chaqueta. - Te ayudo a encontrarla.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (imperative)
a. encuéntralo (masculine)
We hid a present for you somewhere in the house. Find it!Escondimos un regalo para ti en algún lugar en la casa. ¡Encuéntralo!
b. encuéntrala (femenine)
I lost my invitation. - Find it, or you won't be able to go to the party.Perdí mi invitación. - Encuéntrala, o no podrás ir a la fiesta.
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look for it
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (imperative)
a. búscalo
Look for it in the kitchen, and if you can't find it, call me.Búscalo en la cocina, y si no lo encuentras, llámame.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
2. (to search for it)
a. buscarlo
I can't find my toy! - I know, sweetie, but I don't have time to look for it; we have to go.¡No encuentro mi juguete! - Ya lo sé mi vida, pero no tengo tiempo para buscarlo; tenemos que irnos.
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