Quick answer
"Follow" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "seguir", and "next" is an adjective which is often translated as "próximo". Learn more about the difference between "follow" and "next" 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.
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next(
nehkst
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (following)
a. próximo
Next year I'm going to university.El próximo año voy a la universidad.
b. siguiente
What happened in the next chapter of the story?¿Qué pasó en el siguiente capítulo del cuento?
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm next, not you.Sigo yo, no tú.
Who's next? - I'm next!¿Ahora a quién le toca? - ¡Me toca a mí!
2. (adjacent)
a. de al lado
I could hear a person sleeping in the next room.Podía oír a una persona durmiendo en la habitación de al lado.
b. siguiente
They're having a party on the next street.Tienen fiesta en la siguiente calle.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (afterwards)
a. luego
First, grab that bag. Next, fill it with money.Primero, agarra esa bolsa. Luego, llénala de dinero.
b. después
What happened next? - We went home.¿Qué pasó después? - Fuimos a casa.
c. ahora (in the future)
And what happens next? - We could go to France.¿Y ahora qué ocurre? - Podríamos ir a Francia.
4. (on the following occasion)
a. la próxima vez
(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).
When we meet next, I will be a doctor.La próxima vez que nos veamos, seré doctor.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (following person in line or rank)
a. el siguiente
(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).
, la siguiente
(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).
Next in line, please!¡Que pase el siguiente en la fila!
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