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"Formulate" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "formular", and "ascertain" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "establecer". Learn more about the difference between "formulate" and "ascertain" below.
formulate
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. formular
The purpose of the meeting is to formulate development strategies for the next year.El objetivo de la reunión es formular estrategias de desarrollo para el próximo año.
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ascertain
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (general)
a. establecer
The judge ordered an inquiry into the accident in an attempt to ascertain the circumstances surrounding it.El juez pidió que se abriera una investigación sobre el accidente, en un intento por establecer las circunstancias que lo rodearon.
b. determinar
It had proved impossible to ascertain the cause of death.Había resultado imposible determinar la causa de la muerte.
c. averiguar
I think we need to ascertain what's really going on before making a judgment.Yo creo que tenemos que averiguar qué está pasando de verdad antes de formarnos un juicio.
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