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"Inhale" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "inhalar", and "exhale" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "exhalar". Learn more about the difference between "inhale" and "exhale" below.
inhale(
ihn
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heyl
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to pull into the lungs)
a. inhalar
They wore gas masks so that they wouldn't inhale the fumes.Llevaban máscaras antigás para no inhalar los humos.
b. aspirar
If you inhale the steam, the congestion in your chest will loosen up.Si aspiras vapor, la congestión en tu pecho se aliviará.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to pull into the lungs)
a. aspirar
Inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth.Aspira por la nariz y espira por la boca.
b. inspirar
If you are having an asthma attack, it is important to inhale slowly.Si tienes un ataque de asma, es importante inspirar despacio.
c. tragarse el humo (from cigarettes)
She felt more and more relaxed each time she inhaled.Se sintió cada vez más relajada a medida que se tragaba el humo.
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exhale(
ehks
-
heyl
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to breathe out)
a. exhalar
Stephan exhaled a plume of smoke that floated up toward the ceiling.Stephan exhaló una columna de humo que subió flotando hasta el techo.
b. espirar
Now count to three as you slowly exhale the air in your lungs.Ahora cuenta hasta tres mientras espiras lentamente el aire de los pulmones.
2. (to emit)
a. despedir
The factory chimney was exhaling thick, black smoke.La chimenea de la fábrica despedía un humo negro y espeso.
b. exhalar
As the sun rose, I could see the swamp exhaling a dense vapor.A medida que salía el sol, podía ver el pantano que exhalaba un vapor denso.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to breathe out)
a. espirar
Exhale as you lift the dumbbells, and inhale while returning to the initial position.Espira al tiempo que levantas las pesas e inhala al volver a la posición inicial.
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