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"Intend" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "estar destinado a", and "attempt" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "intentar". Learn more about the difference between "intend" and "attempt" below.
intend(
ihn
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tehnd
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be targeted at; used with "for")
a. estar destinado a
Do you think her comments about dishonest people were intended for me?¿Crees que sus comentarios sobre las personas deshonestas estaban destinados a mí?
b. ser para
The new park is intended for children under the age of eight.El parque nuevo es para niños menores de ocho años.
c. ir dirigido a
That hand signal was intended for you.Esa seña con la mano iba dirigida a ti.
2. (to have as one's purpose; followed by a noun)
a. tener la intención de
I'm sorry. I never intended any offense.Lo siento. Nunca tuve la intención de ofender.
b. ser la intención de
He intended no disrespect, he's just a bit rough.No fue su intención faltar el respeto. Es solamente que es algo tosco.
3. (to plan or want to do something; followed by the infinitive)
a. tener pensado
I intend to take the family to the beach this weekend.Tengo pensado llevar a la familia a la playa este fin de semana.
b. tener la intención de
We intend to finish painting the house by nightfall.Tenemos la intención de terminar de pintar la casa al anochecer.
c. pensar
Erica intends to study medicine.Erica piensa estudiar medicina.
d. querer
I intend to wake up early and run tomorrow morning.Quiero levantarme temprano y salir a correr mañana por la mañana.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm sure she didn't intend to break the glass.Estoy seguro de que no rompió el vaso a propósito.
This book is intended to help young students.Este libro está dirigido a estudiantes jóvenes.
4. (to plan for someone; often used with "for")
a. querer que
I intend for my children to study abroad.Quiero que mis hijos estudien en el exterior.
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attempt(
uh
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tehmpt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to try)
a. intentar
The group was attempting to climb Everest.El grupo intentaba escalar el Everest.
b. tratar de
I attempted to convince my mother but failed.Traté de convencer a mi madre pero no lo conseguí.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Nobody had ever attempted the journey before.Nadie había intentado hacer el viaje antes.
You should attempt two questions in Part 3.Deberían intentar contestar dos preguntas de la tercera parte.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (effort)
a. el intento
(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).
Ben proposed to Carla in an attempt to make her stay.Ben le pidió matrimonio a Carla en un intento de que se quedara.
b. la tentativa
(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).
Christina made an attempt to arrive on time.Christina hizo una tentativa de llegar puntual.
3. (attack)
a. el atentado
(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 president suffered an attempt on his life.El presidente sufrió un atentado contra su vida.
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