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"Join" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "juntar", and "unite" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "unirse". Learn more about the difference between "join" and "unite" below.
join(
joyn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to connect)
a. juntar
We can join these two tables if they are free.Podemos juntar estas dos mesas si están libres.
b. unir
When I was a kid, I loved "connect-the-dots" activities.Cuando era niño, me encantaban las actividades de "une los puntos".
2. (to become a member of)
a. hacerse socio de (a club or society)
Maria joined the golf club two years ago.María se hizo socia del club de golf hace dos años.
b. ingresar en (a company or religious order)
She joined the company after graduating from college.Ingresó en la empresa al egresar de la universidad.
c. afiliarse a (a political party or union)
Would you like to join our party?¿Te gustaría afiliarte a nuestro partido?
d. alistarse en (military)
My brother can't wait to be of legal age to join the army.Mi hermano está deseando ser mayor de edad para alistarse en el ejército.
3. (to take part in)
a. unirse a (a discussion or demonstration)
They invited me to join their discussion.Me invitaron a que me uniera a su discusión.
4. (to go or come with someone)
a. acompañar a
I'm going to take the dog for a walk. Do you want to join me?Voy a sacar al perro a pasear. ¿Me acompañas?
b. verse con
Ron said he would join us later.Ron dijo que se vería con nosotros más tarde.
5. (to merge with)
a. desembocar en (the sea, a river, or a road)
The Hudson river joins the sea between New York and Jersey City.El río Hudson desemboca en el mar entre Nueva York y Jersey City.
b. confluir con (a river, road, or avenue)
This river joins the Mississippi at some point.Este río confluye con el Misisipi en algún punto.
c. empalmar con (a road or railway line)
The wind blew over a sign where the path joins the main road.El viento tiró una señal allá donde el camino empalma con la carretera principal.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to become a member of)
a. hacerse socio (of a club or society)
You were thinking about joining. Have you decided yet?Estabas pensando en hacerte socio. ¿Has tomado ya una decisión?
b. afiliarse (of a political party or union)
When he joined, the party gave him a position on the city council.Cuando se afilió, el partido le dio un puesto en el ayuntamiento.
7. (to connect or merge)
a. juntarse
The roads join a few kilometers ahead.Las carreteras se juntan unos kilómetros más adelante.
b. unirse
The two rivers join just a few miles from the ocean.Los dos ríos se unen a unas pocas millas del mar.
c. empalmarse (pipes or roads)
There is a leak where the pipes join.Hay una fuga donde se empalman las tuberías.
d. confluir (rivers or roads)
Four roads join at this intersection.Cuatro carreteras confluyen en este cruce.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (connection)
a. la junta
(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 join in the pipes wasn't properly sealed.La junta de las tuberías no estaba bien sellada.
b. la juntura
(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).
You can hardly see the joins in this piece of woodwork.Las junturas en este trabajo de carpintería son casi invisibles.
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unite(
yu
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nayt
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to unify)
a. unirse
The residents united and prevented the corporation from building a dangerous factory in their town.Los residentes se unieron e impidieron que la empresa construyese una fábrica peligrosa en su ciudad.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to unify)
a. unir
She united the two parts of wood and finished constructing the shelf.Ella unió las dos partes de la madera y terminó la construcción del estante.
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