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"Go" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "ir", and "pass" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "pasar". Learn more about the difference between "go" and "pass" below.
go(
go
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to move or travel)
a. ir
Does this bus go to the city center?¿Va este bus al centro de la ciudad?
Go to your room.Ve a tu habitación.
2. (to leave)
a. irse (person)
Please don't go!¡Por favor, no te vayas!
b. marcharse (person)
They decided it was time to go.Decidieron que era hora de marcharse.
c. salir (bus, train)
What time does this train go?¿A qué hora sale este tren?
3. (to progress)
a. ir
I hope everything goes well for you in the new job.Espero que todo te vaya bien en el trabajo nuevo.
4. (to become)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Carla went white with fear.Carla se puso blanca de miedo.
The fans went crazy when the band came on stage.Los fans se enloquecieron cuando el grupo salió al escenario.
5. (to lead)
a. ir
The path goes to the church.El camino va a la iglesia.
6. (to extend)
a. llegar
The water went up to my waist.El agua me llegó hasta la cintura.
b. extenderse
The woods go down to the river.El bosque se extiende hasta el río.
7. (to pass time)
a. pasar
Time goes by quickly when you're having fun.El tiempo pasa rápido cuando te diviertes.
8. (to be left)
a. quedar
Only three more exams to go now!¡Ya sólo quedan tres exámenes!
9. (to function)
a. funcionar
Is the motor going?¿Funciona el motor?
10. (to fit)
a. caber
Your luggage won't go in the car trunk.Tu equipaje no cabe en el maletero del coche.
11. (to be sold)
a. venderse
The painting went for $1.5 million.El cuadro se vendió en 1.5 millones de dólares.
12. (to go to the toilet)
a. ir al baño
She had bladder problems and needed to go all the time.Tenía problemas de la vejiga y tenía que ir al baño constantemente.
13. (to say)
a. decir
How does the song go?¿Cómo dice la canción?
14. (to be the rule)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Anything goes in that household.Todo vale en esa casa.
What I say goes.Yo soy la que manda aquí.
15. (to die)
a. llegar la hora
When I go, I don't want a big funeral.Cuando me llegue la hora, no quiero un gran funeral.
16. (to be consumed)
a. irse
Almost half of my salary goes to taxes.Casi la mitad de mi sueldo se va en impuestos.
17. (to move quickly)
a. correr
This motorbike can really go.Esta moto sí que corre.
18. (to disappear)
a. desaparecer
When she got back home, her husband was gone.Cuando volvió a casa, su marido había desaparecido.
b. pasarse
My headache has gone now.Ya se me ha pasado el dolor de cabeza.
19. (to cease to function)
a. irse
My voice has gone.Se me ha ido la voz.
b. estropearse
The computer went due to old age.La computadora se estropeó porque es vieja.
20. (to dispose of)
a. deshacerse de
All your old clothes have to go if you want to buy more.Tienes que deshacerte de toda tu ropa vieja si quieres comprar más.
21. (to have a place)
a. ir
Where do these plates go?¿Dónde van estos platos?
22. (to be)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I won't let my children go hungry.No voy a dejar que mi hijos pasen hambre.
Their pleas went unheard.Sus súplicas no fueron atendidas.
23. (to be available)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'll have whatever's going.Tomaré lo que haya.
There's plenty of beer going around if you're interested.Hay mucha cerveza por aquí si quieres.
24. (to continue)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
How many years has the choir been going?¿Cuántos años lleva funcionando el coro?
She would go for days without seeing another soul.Pasaba días enteros sin ver a un alma.
25. (to sound; with "off")
a. sonar
The alarm goes off if someone forces the door.La alarma suena cuando alguien fuerza la puerta.
26. (to be destined)
a. pasar (inheritance)
My house will go to my son when I die.Mi casa pasará a mi hijo cuando muera.
b. llevarse
First prize went to a graphic designer.El primer premio se lo llevó un diseñador gráfico.
27. (to match)
a. pegar
Pink and orange don't really go.El rosa y el naranja no pegan.
b. ir
I don't think fish and red wine go.Para mí, el pescado y el vino tinto no van.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
28. (to travel)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
We went 70 miles in one day.Hicimos 70 millas en un día.
We'll go this way because there is less traffic.Seguiremos este camino porque hay menos tráfico.
29.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to say)
a. decir
"I told you not to do it!", she went."¡Te dije que no lo hicieras!", dijo.
30. (to make the sound of)
a. hacer
The champagne cork went "pop."El corcho del champán hizo "pum".
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
31. (to express future intention)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Don't touch that! - I wasn't going to.¡No toques eso! - No pensaba hacerlo.
I'm going to mow the lawn this afternoon.Voy a cortar el césped esta tarde.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
32. (energy)
a. el brío
(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 was full of go and new ideas.Estaba lleno de brío y de nuevas ideas.
33. (try)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Can I have another go?¿Puedo intentarlo otra vez?
She did it in one go.Lo logró al primer intento.
34. (turn)
a. el turno
(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).
It's the yellow piece's go.Es el turno de la ficha amarilla.
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pass(
pahs
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to move past)
a. pasar
We passed several small towns on our way to the city.Pasamos varios pueblos pequeños rumbo a la ciudad.
b. adelantar
A Maserati passed me on the highway.Un Maserati me adelantó en la carretera.
c. rebasar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
The Tesla passed the Ferrari in the race.El Tesla rebasó el Ferrari en la carrera.
d. cruzarse con
I passed Danica in the hall on my way to the library.Me crucé con Danica en el pasillo rumbo a la biblioteca.
2. (to receive a passing grade in)
a. aprobar
Did you pass the math exam?¿Aprobaste el examen de matemáticas?
b. pasar
I’m glad to hear that you passed the science test.Me da gusto oír que pasaste la prueba de ciencias.
3. (to cross)
a. cruzar
They passed the border after waiting in line for an hour.Cruzaron la frontera después de esperar una hora en la fila.
4. (medicine)
a. expulsar
If he passes blood in his urine, call me immediately.Si expulsa sangre en la orina, llámame de inmediato.
5. (to surpass)
a. superar
The price of eggs passed a new record today.El precio de los huevos superó un récord nuevo hoy.
6. (to hand over)
a. pasar
Can you pass me a napkin, please?¿Me pasas una servilleta, por favor?
7. (sports)
a. pasar
Why didn't you pass me the ball? I was wide open!¿Por qué no me pasaste la pelota? ¡Estaba completamente abierto!
8. (to approve)
a. aprobar
It seems we have enough votes to pass the bill.Parece que tenemos suficientes votos para aprobar el proyecto de ley.
9. (legal)
a. dictar
The judge passed sentence, but we are going to appeal.El juez dictó sentencia, pero vamos a apelar.
10. (to express)
a. hacer
Arnold was not well liked in town because he was always passing judgment on others.Arnold no era muy querido en la ciudad porque siempre estaba haciendo comentarios sobre los demás.
11. (to move)
a. pasar
It will only take me a minute to pass an iron over the shirt and get the creases out.Solo me entretengo un minuto en pasarle una plancha a la camisa y quitar las arrugas.
12. (to spend)
a. pasar
Carla and Gisela like to pass the time singing.A Carla y Gisela les gusta pasar el rato cantando.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
13. (to move past)
a. pasar
Make sure there aren't any cars coming before you pass.Fíjate en que no vengan carros antes de pasar.
b. adelantar
You can't pass in the intersection.No se puede adelantar en el cruce.
c. rebasar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
It isn't safe to pass on a curve.No es seguro rebasar en una curva.
14. (to receive a passing grade)
a. aprobar
If you study every day, you will pass.Si estudias todos los días, aprobarás.
15. (time)
a. pasar
Since you just gave blood, you need to let a few minutes pass before you stand up.Como acabas de donar sangre, debes dejar pasar unos minutos antes de pararte.
b. transcurrir
Three weeks have passed since our last meeting.Han transcurrido tres semanas desde nuestra última reunión.
16. (to happen)
a. ocurrir
What passed during the Battle of Gettysburg will forever be remembered in the annals of history.Lo que ocurrió durante la Batalla de Gettysburg será recordado por siempre en los anales de la historia.
17. (to be approved)
a. ser aprobado
The budget reform is expected to pass in the senate.Se espera que la reforma presupuestaria se apruebe en el senado.
18. (to transfer)
a. pasar
Tradition held that the crown must pass to the oldest male heir.La tradición sostenía que la corona debía pasar al heredero primogénito varón.
19. (sports)
a. pasar
Alex passed and then ran interference.Alex pasó y luego corrió para bloquear al otro equipo.
b. hacer un pase
She passed to Maria who then scored.Ella hizo un pase a María, quien luego anotó.
20. (to decline)
a. pasar
Thanks for the invitation but I’m going to pass this time.Gracias por la invitación pero voy a pasar por ahora.
21. (to be acceptable)
a. pasar
This print isn’t very good, but it’ll pass.Esta copia no está muy bien, pero pasará.
22. (to dissipate)
a. pasarse
If you have a glass of water, maybe your headache will pass.Si tomas un vaso de agua, a lo mejor se te pasa el dolor de cabeza.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
23. (geography)
a. el paso
(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).
People have traversed the Khyber Pass for centuries.La gente ha atravesado el Paso Jáiber durante siglos.
b. el desfiladero
(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 a narrow pass between Austria and Italy.Hay un desfiladero estrecho entre Austria e Italia.
c. el puerto
(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 mountain pass was closed due to snow.El puerto de montaña se cerró debido a una nevada.
24. (permit)
a. el pase
(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 need a pass to camp in these woods.Necesitamos un pase para acampar en este bosque.
b. el permiso
(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).
Students are not allowed to leave class without a pass.No se permite a los estudiantes salir de clase sin un permiso.
25. (sports)
a. el pase
(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).
Trevor got a great pass from Darren and scored the winning goal.Trevor recibió un pase magnífico de Darren y anotó el gol ganador.
26. (movement)
a. el pase
(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).
With a pass of his wand, the rabbit disappeared.Con un pase de su varita, el conejo desapareció.
b. la pasada
(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 plane made four passes over the city and then headed back to land.El avión hizo cuatro pasadas sobre la ciudad y luego se fue a aterrizar.
27. (in exam)
a. el aprobado
(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 didn’t score as high as he wanted, but at least he got a pass.No sacó una calificación tan alta como quisiera, pero por lo menos obtuvo un aprobado.
28. (state of affairs)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The negotiations reached such a pass that all sides decided to take a break.Las negociaciones habían llegado a tal extremo que todas las partes decidieron tomar un descanso.
Things have come to a pretty pass when she says she can’t live on $10,000 a month.Hay que ver a dónde hemos llegado cuando ella dice que no puede vivir con $10,000 al mes.
29. (ticket for multiple uses)
a. el abono
(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).
If you're going to stay in Paris for a week, you should get a weekly pass to move around.Si te quedas una semana en París, te conviene comprar un abono semanal para moverte.
b. el pase
(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).
If you buy a season pass, you get exclusive benefits.Si compras un pase de temporada, consigues beneficios exclusivos.
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