Quick answer
"Follow" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "seguir", and "chase" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "perseguir". Learn more about the difference between "follow" and "chase" below.
follow(
fa
-
lo
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pursue)
a. seguir
The security vehicles followed his car.Los vehículos de seguridad siguieron su coche.
2. (to obey)
a. seguir
I made a real mess of the desk because I didn't follow the instructions.Hice una chapuza del escritorio porque no seguí las instrucciones.
b. obedecer
She gets into trouble because she doesn't follow the rules in school.Se mete en problemas porque no obedece las reglas en la escuela.
c. cumplir
The soldier was punished for not following orders.El soldado fue castigado por no cumplir las órdenes.
3. (to happen after)
a. seguir
The events that followed the war were truly unexpected.Los sucesos que siguieron la guerra fueron verdaderamente inesperados.
4. (to continue)
a. seguir
If you follow that street, you'll find it there at the end.Si sigues esa calle, lo encuentras allí al final.
5. (to imitate)
a. seguir
I'm going to follow in my father's footsteps; I'm going to be a doctor.Voy a seguir los pasos de mi padre, voy a ser médico.
6. (to work in)
a. trabajar de
You have to study a lot to follow the medical profession.Tienes que estudiar mucho para trabajar de médico.
7. (to understand)
a. seguir
Tell me again. I'm not following you.Cuéntamelo otra vez que no te sigo.
b. entender
I still don't follow the plan for the presentation.Sigo sin entender el plan para la presentación.
8. (to take an interest in)
a. mantenerse al tanto
I've been following the situation on TV, and it's not looking so good.Me he mantenido al tanto de la situación en la tele y no tiene buena pinta.
b. seguir
I followed the first three seasons, and then I got bored.Seguí las primeras tres temporadas y después me aburrí.
9. (social media)
a. seguir
Do you follow Ashton Kutcher on Instagram?¿Sigues a Ashton Kutcher en Instagram?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to happen after)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'd like the salad, and the steak to follow.Me gustaría la ensalada y el bistec como segundo.
What followed was quite unpleasant.Lo que vino a continuación fue bastante desagradable.
11. (to understand)
a. entender
Wait, what? I don't follow.Espera, ¿qué? No entiendo.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
12. (to be a logical consequence of)
a. deducirse
If you want to work there, it follows that you should learn about what they do.Si quieres trabajar allí, se deduce que debes aprender sobre lo que hacen.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
chase(
cheys
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pursue)
a. perseguir
Members of the press chased the actor through the streets.Los miembros de la prensa persiguieron al actor por las calles.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to pursue; often used with "after")
a. dar vueltas buscando
I don't want to have to chase after her all day, but I really need those books for the exam.No quiero estar dando vueltas buscándola todo el día, pero necesito esos libros para el examen.
b. correr tras
The police chased after the thief, but they never found him.La policía corrió tras el ladrón, pero nunca lo encontraron.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (pursuit)
a. la persecución
(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 watched the police chase on live television.Vimos la persecución de la policía en vivo en la televisión.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
SpanishDict is the world's most popular Spanish-English dictionary, translation, and learning website.
© Curiosity Media Inc.  |  Ver en español
SOCIAL NETWORKS
APPS