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"Listen" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "escuchar", and "obey" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "obedecer". Learn more about the difference between "listen" and "obey" below.
listen(
lihs
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ihn
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to actively hear; often used with "to")
a. escuchar
Listen! I think someone's shouting your name.¡Escucha! Creo que alguien está gritando tu nombre.
2. (to pay attention; often used with "to")
a. escuchar
He failed the exam because he never listens in class.Falló el examen porque nunca escucha en clase.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (act of listening)
a. la oída
(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 band's new album deserves a listen.El álbum nuevo del grupo se merece una oída.
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obey(
o
-
bey
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to follow)
a. obedecer
If you refuse to obey the rules, you will be kicked out.Si te niegas a obedecer las reglas, serás expulsado.
b. seguir (instructions or ideas)
Obey your thoughts and ideas, and you'll be truly free.Sigue tus pensamientos y tus ideas, y serás verdaderamente libre.
c. reponder a (controls)
Be careful, the drone obeys any touch on the controller, and you may crash it.Cuidado, el dron responde a cualquier movimiento del mando y lo puedes estrellar.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to follow)
a. obedecer
They obey out of fear, not because they are loyal.Obedecen por miedo, no porque sean leales.
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