Quick answer
"Finish" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "terminar", and "end up" is an intransitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "terminar". Learn more about the difference between "finish" and "end up" below.
finish(
fih
-
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 up(
ehnd
 
uhp
)
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 result)
a. terminar
The shyest girl in class ended up becoming a famous actress.La chica más tímida de la clase terminó por convertirse en una actriz famosa.
b. acabar
I ended up at a restaurant close to home, because the traffic was too heavy to go elsewhere.Acabé en un restaurante cerca de casa, porque el tráfico estaba demasiado pesado para ir a otro lado.
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