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"Gulp" is a noun which is often translated as "el trago", and "swallow" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "tragar". Learn more about the difference between "gulp" and "swallow" below.
gulp
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (swallow)
a. el trago
(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).
She drained her glass of vodka in one gulp.Vació el vaso de vodka de un trago.
b. la bocanada
(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).
(of air)
I took a huge gulp of air when I reached the surface.Al volver a la superficie, aspiré una enorme bocanada de aire.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to breathe with difficulty)
a. tragar saliva
The poor boy gulped and stuttered as he tried to explain through his tears what had happened.El pobre chico tragaba saliva y balbuceaba al intentar explicar entre lágrimas lo que había pasado.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to eat rapidly)
a. engullir
If you gulp your food like that you'll get indigestion.Si engulles tu comida de esa manera te va a dar indigestión.
b. tragar
I quickly gulped a slice of toast and rushed out to catch the train.Tragué rápidamente una tostada y salí corriendo a tomar el tren.
4. (to drink rapidly)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
He gulped his wine and continued with his story.Tomó un trago de vino y siguió con su relato.
She gulped her tea in between telling me her news.Se bebía el té a tragos muy cortos mientras me contaba sus noticias.
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swallow(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to ingest)
a. tragar
My cousin swallowed the hamburger without tasting it.Mi primo se tragó la hamburguesa sin saborearla.
2. (to accept)
a. aceptar
That is a difficult truth to swallow.Esa es una verdad muy difícil de aceptar.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to gulp)
a. tragar
To get rid of the hiccups, you need to swallow three times.Para curarte los hipos, hay que tragar tres veces.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (action of ingesting)
a. el trago
(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 finished his drink in one swallow.Terminó su bebida de un trago.
5. (bird)
a. la golondrina
(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).
By the window you can hear the song of the swallow.Por la ventana se oye el canto de la golondrina.
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