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"Imagine" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "imaginar", and "realize" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "darse cuenta de". Learn more about the difference between "imagine" and "realize" below.
imagine(
ih
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mah
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jihn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to envision)
a. imaginar
I never imagined you were a reggaeton fan.Nunca imaginé que fueras fan del reggaetón.
Imagine humans could talk to whales.Imagina que los humanos pudieran hablar con las ballenas.
b. imaginarse
Imagine you're walking along the beach on a warm day.Imagínate que estás caminando por la playa en un día caluroso.
c. figurarse
Imagine all the good we could do with your donation to our organization.Figúrate todo el bien que podríamos lograr con tu donativo a nuestra organización.
2. (to falsely believe)
a. imaginarse
Poor Berta. She imagines she is going to be the Spring Queen.Pobre Berta, se imagina que va a ser la Reina de la Primavera.
b. creerse
She imagines she's the artist's girlfriend, but she's crazy.Se cree la novia del artista, pero está loca.
3. (to suppose)
a. suponer
Imagine you had a million dollars. What would you do?Supón que tuvieras un millón de dólares. ¿Qué harías?
b. figurarse
Paco only pumps gas, but he imagines he's the owner of the gas station.Paco es solo un despachador, pero se figura que es el dueño de la gasolinera.
c. imaginarse
I imagine he's very happy with the results his sales team produced this quarter.Me imagino que está muy contento con los resultados del equipo de ventas este trimestre.
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realize(
ri
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layz
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to become aware of)
a. darse cuenta de
I have just realized how lucky we were.Me acabo de dar cuenta de la suerte que tuvimos.
2. (to be aware of)
a. saber
I realize it takes a lot of time.Sé que lleva mucho tiempo.
b. reconocer
We realize how hard this must be and we are very sorry.Reconocemos lo difícil que esto debe de ser, y lo sentimos mucho.
3. (to carry out)
a. desarrollar
He'll never realize his potential in that job.Nunca podrá desarrollar su potencial en el trabajo que tiene.
b. realizar
You can raise the funds to realize your project.Puedes reunir los fondos para realizar tu proyecto.
4. (to convert into money)
a. realizar
We realized the assets when we broke up our partnership.Realizamos los activos tras la disolución de nuestra sociedad.
5. (to produce)
a. producir
The sale of his estate realized $2.5 million.La venta de la herencia produjo 2.5 millones de dólares.
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