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"Got" is a form of "get", a transitive verb which is often translated as "conseguir". "Be" is a copular verb which is often translated as "ser". Learn more about the difference between "got" and "be" below.
get(
geht
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to obtain)
a. conseguir
Only a fraction of students can get a place at the university.Solo una parte de los estudiantes conseguirá una plaza en la universidad.
b. obtener
You can get more information on our webpage.Puedes obtener más información en nuestra página web.
2. (to purchase)
a. comprar
Don't forget to get milk when you go to the grocery store.No olvides de comprar leche cuando vayas al supermercado.
3. (to receive)
a. recibir
I didn't get any notification that my package arrived.No recibí ninguna notificación de que había llegado mi paquete.
4. (to fetch)
a. traer
Get me a glass of water, please.Tráeme un vaso de agua, por favor.
5. (to possess; used with "have")
a. tener
She collects antique cars and has got three of them.Ella colecciona carros antiguos y tiene tres.
6. (to understand)
a. entender
I didn't get a word of it.No entendí ni una palabra.
7. (to cause to do)
a. conseguir que
She got me to stop drinking.Consiguió que dejara de beber.
8. (to annoy)
a. molestar
Stupidity really gets me.La estupidez me molesta de verdad.
9. (must; used with "have")
a. tener que
I have got to clean the house today.Hoy tengo que limpiar la casa.
10. (to call)
a. llamar
Quick, get an ambulance!¡Rápido, llame una ambulancia!
11. (to be sentenced to)
a. echar
He got five years for insider trading.Le echaron cinco años por tráfico de información privilegiada.
12. (with inmaterial things)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I got such a fright that I wasn't able to get much sleep!¡Me pegué tal susto que no pude dormir mucho!
I think he got the wrong idea.Creo que se llevó la idea equivocada.
13. (to be paid)
a. conseguir
How much did you get for the camera?¿Cuánto has conseguido por la cámara?
b. cobrar
I get $80 per hour.Cobro $80 por hora.
14. (to suffer)
a. tener
She gets constant headaches.Tiene dolores de cabeza continuos.
15. (to have something done for you)
a. llevar a
I must get my watch repaired.Tengo que llevar el reloj a arreglar.
b. ir a
Where do you get your hair cut?¿Dónde vas a cortarte el pelo?
16. (to score)
a. sacar
He got straight As.Sacó sobresaliente en todas las asignaturas.
17. (to fall ill with)
a. pillar
I've got a terrible cold.Pillé un resfriado terrible.
18. (to answer)
a. contestar (telephone)
Can you get the phone, please?¿Puede contestar el teléfono, por favor?
b. abrir (door)
I'll get the door.Ya abro yo.
19. (to hit)
a. dar
The bullet got him in the hand.La bala le dio en la mano.
20. (to grab transportation)
a. tomar
It's not far, but let's get a taxi anyway.No está lejos, pero tomemos un taxi de todas formas.
b. coger
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Where can we get a bus?¿Dónde podemos coger un autobús?
21. (to grab)
a. agarrar
I got the dog by the scruff of the neck.Agarré el perro por el pescuezo.
b. coger
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I managed to get him before he fell.Conseguí cogerlo antes de que se cayera.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
22. (to have the opportunity)
a. tener la oportunidad
My mother was very intelligent, but she didn't get to go to university.Mi madre era muy inteligente, pero no tuvo la oportunidad de ir a la universidad.
23. (to arrive)
a. llegar
When are we getting to the airport?¿Cuándo vamos a llegar al aeropuerto?
24. (to become)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Don't get mad at me.No te enfades conmigo.
We should start thinking about dinner. It's getting very late.Deberíamos empezar a pensar en la cena. Se está haciendo muy tarde.
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be(
bi
)
A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (used to indicate a permanent quality)
a. ser
The ocean is blue.El océano es azul.
2. (used to indicate a temporary state)
a. estar
I'm not in a good mood today.Hoy no estoy de buen humor.
The sky is cloudy.El cielo está nublado.
3. (followed by a noun)
a. ser
France is a member of the European Union.Francia es un miembro de la Unión Europea.
4. (used to indicate a profession or occupation)
a. ser
What do you do for a living? - I'm a doctor.¿A qué te dedicas? - Soy médico.
5. (used with dates)
a. ser
My birthday is July 26th.Mi cumpleaños es el 26 de julio.
b. estamos a (present day)
Today is Thursday.Hoy estamos a jueves.
6. (imperative mood)
a. ser
Be polite with guests.Sé educado con los invitados.
b. estar
Be quiet, and don't move!¡Estate callado y no te muevas!
7. (used to indicate age)
a. tener
My brother is 30 years old.Mi hermano tiene 30 años.
8. (to cost)
a. costar
One pizza and two drinks are $15.Una pizza y dos bebidas cuestan $15.
b. ser
Shipping is three dollars.El envío es tres dólares.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to take place)
a. ser
The party is at my place.La fiesta es en mi casa.
10. (to be present)
a. estar
My sister is in her room.Mi hermana está en su habitación.
11. (to visit; used with the present perfect)
a. estar
I've been to New York three times.He estado en Nueva York tres veces.
b. venir
The mailman has been here, but he didn't bring your package.El cartero ha venido, pero no trajo tu paquete.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
12. (to exist)
a. haber
There are no trees on our road.No hay árboles en nuestra calle.
13. (used to indicate time)
a. ser
It is bedtime.Es hora de ir a dormir.
14. (used to refer to the weather)
a. hacer
It's too windy to go up in a balloon.Hace demasiado viento para ir en globo.
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.).
15. (with tenses of continuous action)
a. estar
I am reading a book.Estoy leyendo un libro.
16. (with the passive voice)
a. ser
The church was built in 1900.La iglesia fue construida en 1900.
17. (when substituting a verb)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm going to the party. - So am I.Voy a la fiesta. - Yo también.
It is a lovely day, isn't it?Es un día precioso, ¿verdad?
18. (with infinitive constructions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't know how much salt is to be added to the sauce.No sé cuánta sal hay que añadir a la salsa.
The assignment is to be done by next Thursday.La tarea tiene que estar para el jueves que viene.
19. (used to indicate the future)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My baby is due in three months.Mi bebé nacerá dentro de tres meses.
Tomorrow, I'm going to the dentist.Mañana voy al dentista.
20. (in conditional sentences)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Had it not been for his family, he would have never become an artist.Si no fuera por su familia, nunca habría sido artista.
If I were you, I would not go.Yo en tu lugar, no iría.
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