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"Investigating" is a form of "investigate", a transitive verb which is often translated as "investigar". "Researching" is a form of "research", a noun which is often translated as "la investigación". Learn more about the difference between "investigating" and "researching" below.
investigate(
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vehs
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tih
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geyt
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to inquire into)
a. investigar
My friend doesn't trust his business partner, and hired a detective to investigate him.Mi amigo no confía en su socio, y contrató a un detective para que lo investigue.
b. hacer indagaciones
The local police is investigating the recent robbery.La policía local está haciendo indagaciones sobre el reciente robo.
c. examinar
Let me investigate your case and I will get back to you.Déjeme examinar su caso y me pondré en contacto con usted.
d. estudiar
We should investigate all options before we choose a wedding venue.Debemos estudiar todas las opciones antes de seleccionar el sitio para la boda.
2. (to research)
a. investigar
Many scientists have investigated the causes of migraine.Muchos científicos han investigado las causas de la migraña.
b. hacer una investigación
I want to investigate what the best methods are for learning languages.Quiero hacer una investigación acerca de los mejores métodos para aprender idiomas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to explore)
a. investigar
I wonder what happened with the chocolates I left here. I'll investigate.No sé que pasó con los chocolates que dejé aquí. Voy a investigar.
b. hacer averiguaciones
Who gave the order? - We don't know yet, but we're investigating.¿Quién dio la orden? - Todavía no lo sabemos, pero estamos haciendo averiguaciones.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't know what happened yet, but I'll investigate.Todavía no sé qué ocurrió, pero trataré de averiguarlo.
What's the fire brigade doing here? Shall we go and investigate?¿Qué hacen aquí los bomberos? ¿Vamos a ver qué pasa?
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research(
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suhrch
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (studies)
a. la investigación
(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).
The research he's carrying out is groundbreaking.La investigación que está llevando a cabo es revolucionaria.
b. las investigaciones
(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).
We need to carry out more research on the influence of social media on our lives.Hay que llevar a cabo más investigaciones sobre la influencia de los medios sociales en nuestras vidas.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to study)
a. investigar
I'm going to research how students can improve their pronunciation in Spanish.Voy a investigar cómo los estudiantes pueden mejorar su pronunciación en español.
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