Quick answer
"Find" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "encontrar", and "keep" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "guardar". Learn more about the difference between "find" and "keep" below.
find(
faynd
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to recover)
a. encontrar
I found my glasses after hours of looking.Encontré mis gafas tras buscarlas durante horas.
b. hallar
They never found the wreckage of the stricken plane.Nunca hallaron los restos del avión siniestrado.
2. (to come across)
a. encontrar
They found an empty cabin and decided to rest.Encontraron una cabaña vacía y decidieron descansar.
b. hallar
The old woman's son found her dead in her bed.El hijo de la anciana la halló muerta en su cama.
3. (to discover)
a. encontrar
The police didn't find any evidence of fraud.La policía no encontró pruebas de fraude.
b. hallar
It took many years to find a cure for the disease.Tardaron muchos años en hallar una cura para la enfermedad.
4. (to consider)
a. encontrar
I find your conversation interesting.Encuentro interesante tu conversación.
b. parecer
Peter finds Christine very intelligent and beautiful.A Peter Christine le parece muy inteligente y muy guapa.
c. resultar
The truth is, I find the Chinese course quite difficult.La verdad es que el curso de chino me resulta bastante difícil.
5. (legal)
a. hallar
The judge found the defendant innocent due to a lack of evidence.El juez halló inocente al acusado debido a la falta de pruebas.
b. declarar
The vehicle's driver was found guilty of manslaughter.La conductora del vehículo fue declarada culpable de homicidio involuntario.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (discovery)
a. el hallazgo
(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).
It was a very important find in tracing the origin of our species.Fue un hallazgo muy importante en la búsqueda del origen de nuestra especie.
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keep(
kip
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to retain)
a. guardar
I decided to keep his letters as a memento.Decidí guardar sus cartas como recuerdo.
b. quedarse con
Keep the change.Quédese con el cambio.
c. tener
Sorry, we do not keep forgotten mail.Lo siento, ya no tenemos correo olvidado.
2. (to put aside)
a. guardar
I keep the meat in the fridge.Guardo la carne en la nevera.
b. tener
I keep a cell charger in my car.Tengo una cargadora para el celular en el carro.
c. conservar
Keep the bread in a plastic bag to make it last.Conserva el pan en una bolsa de plástico para que dure.
3. (to detain)
a. tener
The police are keeping her under house arrest.La policía la tiene bajo arresto domiciliario.
4. (to have)
a. tener
My uncle keeps a well-stocked library.Mi tío tiene una biblioteca bien surtida.
b. criar
The farmer keeps a flock of sheep on his farm.El granjero cría un rebaño de ovejas en su granja.
5. (to maintain)
a. llevar
I like to keep records of all our investments.Me gusta llevar la cuenta de todas nuestras inversiones.
b. escribir
The accountant keeps all the costs of the company in a document.El contable escribe en un documento todos los costos de la compañía.
6. (to delay)
a. entretener
I don't want to keep you, but I really need to discuss this with you.No te quiero entretener, pero en verdad necesito discutir esto contigo.
7. (to support)
a. mantener
She keeps her parents and her children too.Mantiene a sus padres y también a sus hijos.
8. (to fulfill or honor)
a. cumplir
The president didn't keep her promise of prioritizing economic development.La presidenta no cumplió su promesa de priorizar el desarrollo económico.
b. observar
They still keep the traditional fast.Todavía observan el ayuno tradicional.
c. acudir a
The boss kept the meeting at the previously scheduled time.El jefe acudió a la reunión a la hora que originalmente estaba programada.
9. (to cause to remain)
a. mantener
Keep the toilets clean for the next customer, please.Por favor mantengan los aseos limpios para el próximo cliente.
b. tener
My baby kept me awake all night long.Mi bebé me tuvo despierta toda la noche.
10. (to prevent)
a. impedir
I told her father that nothing could keep me from seeing her.Le dije a su padre que nada podría impedir que la viera.
11. (to protect)
a. guardar
An angel keeps us from above.Un ángel nos guarda desde el cielo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
12. (to remain)
a. mantener
Try to keep calm and tell me what happened.Trata de mantener la calma y cuéntame qué ha pasado.
13. (to continue)
a. seguir
She kept doing her homework as if nothing were wrong.Siguió haciendo sus deberes como si no pasara nada malo.
b. no dejar de
She keeps asking when you are coming home.No deja de preguntar cuándo vas a llegar a casa.
c. no parar de
My baby keeps crying, and I don't know what to do.Mi bebé no para de llorar y no sé qué hacer.
14. (to not go bad)
a. conservarse
Bananas don't keep well in the fridge.Los plátanos no se conservan bien en la nevera.
15. (to wait)
a. esperar
It’s late; the surprise will keep until tomorrow.Es tarde; la sorpresa tendrá que esperar hasta mañana.
16. (health) (United Kingdom)
a. encontrarse
How is your patient keeping, doctor?¿Cómo se encuentra su paciente, doctor?
b. sentirse
I'm keeping better after my surgery.Me siento mejor tras la operación.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
17. (subsistence)
a. el sustento
(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).
She is earning her keep since she left home.Se gana el sustento desde que se fue de casa.
b. la manutención
(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).
I work to help my parents with the keep of our home.Trabajo para ayudar a mis padres con la manutención de nuestro hogar.
18. (architecture)
a. la torre del homenaje
(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).
We visited the keep of the castle for a small fee.Visitamos la torre del homenaje del castillo pagando una pequeña entrada.
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