Quick answer
"Finish" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "terminar", and "end" is a noun which is often translated as "el fin". Learn more about the difference between "finish" and "end" below.
finish(
fih
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nihsh
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to complete)
a. terminar
I finished my homework. Can I go play outside?Terminé mi tarea. ¿Puedo salir a jugar?
b. acabar
Did you finish your chores?¿Acabaste los deberes?
2. (to use up)
a. terminar
You can finish the noodles if you want to.Puedes terminar los fideos si quieres.
b. acabar
If you finish the juice, please put another bottle in the refrigerator.Si acabas el jugo, por favor pon otra botella en el refrigerador.
3. (to defeat)
a. acabar con
"I'm going to finish him once and for all!" boomed the villain."¡Voy a acabar con él de una vez por todas!" gritó el villano.
4. (used with a gerund)
a. terminar de
We'll finish papering the room over the weekend.Terminaremos de empapelar la habitación durante el fin de semana.
b. acabar de
Did you finish eating? Can I clear the table?¿Acabaron de comer? ¿Puedo quitar la mesa?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to reach the conclusion)
a. terminar
When the movie finishes, let's go get some dinner.Cuando termine la película, vamos a cenar algo.
b. acabar
I was sad when my favorite show finished.Me puse triste cuando acabó mi programa favorito.
6. (to complete)
a. terminar
If you've finished, please turn the page.Si ya terminaste, por favor da vuelta la página.
b. acabar
Are you finished? I want to go to the taco stand before it closes.¿Ya acabaste? Quiero ir a la taquería antes de que cierre.
7. (to end)
a. acabarse
Classes are finished! I'm going to sleep in every day during the summer.¡Las clases ya se acabaron! Voy a levantarme tarde todos los días del verano.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (end)
a. el final
(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).
"This is going to be a close finish, folks," said the announcer."Va a ser un final reñido, amigos," dijo el locutor.
9. (coating)
a. el acabado
(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 finish on your grandfather's desk came out really well.El acabado del escritorio de tu abuelo quedó muy bien.
10. (finish line)
a. la meta
(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'll be waiting for you at the finish to take your picture.Te estaré esperando en la meta para tomarte una foto.
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end(
ehnd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (conclusion)
a. el fin
(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 end of the summer is approaching.Se acerca el fin del verano.
b. el final
(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).
I didn't like the end of the movie.No me gustó el final de la película.
2. (extremity)
a. el extremo
(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).
Each end of the rope was tied to a tree on either side of the ravine.Cada extremo de la cuerda estaba atado a un árbol a ambos lados del precipicio.
b. el final
(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 coffee shop is at the end of the street on the right.El café está al final de la calle a la derecha.
c. la punta
(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 sister lives at the other end of the city.Mi hermana vive en la otra punta de la ciudad.
d. el cabo
(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).
We ran from one end of the field to the other.Corrimos de un cabo del campo al otro.
3. (limit)
a. el límite
(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).
There is an end to my patience.Mi paciencia tiene un límite.
4. (death)
a. el fin
(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).
My end is approaching.Mi fin se acerca.
5. (remaining part)
a. el final
(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).
He ate everything except the end of the loaf.Se comió todo excepto el final de la barra.
6. (area)
a. la zona
(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 town is located at the northern end of the country.El pueblo está situado en la zona norte del país.
7. (side)
a. el aspecto
(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).
He's the one who handles the legal end of the firms' affairs.Él es quien lleva el aspecto legal de los asuntos de la empresa.
b. la parte
(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).
Is there a problem at your end?¿Hay algún problema por su parte?
8. (purpose)
a. el fin
(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 end is to achieve the funding needed.El fin es conseguir los fondos necesarios.
b. el propósito
(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).
To this end we are developing a new methodology.Con este propósito estamos desarrollando una nueva metodología.
9. (outcome)
a. el fin
(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).
They seem to firmly believe that the end justifies the means.Parecen creer firmemente que el fin justifica los medios.
10. (sports)
a. el lado
(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).
How often do the players change ends on the court?¿Con cuanta frecuencia cambian los jugadores de lado en la pista?
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
11. (to finish)
a. terminar
I don't know how to end this relationship.No sé cómo terminar esta relación.
b. acabar
We will end the project soon.Acabaremos el proyecto pronto.
c. concluir
He ended his speech with an appeal to peace.Concluyó su discurso con un llamamiento a la paz.
12. (to eradicate)
a. acabar con
The measures were designed to end land speculation.Las medidas iban dirigidas a acabar con la especulación del suelo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
13. (to finish)
a. terminar
The enrollment period ends on September 18th.El plazo de matrícula termina el 18 de septiembre.
b. acabar
It's clear to me that the story is going to end badly.Yo tengo claro que esta historia va a acabar mal.
c. concluir
The construction work will end this summer.Las obras de construcción concluirán este verano.
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