Quick answer
"Look after" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "cuidar", and "tend" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "tender a". Learn more about the difference between "look after" and "tend" below.
look after(
look
 
ahf
-
tuhr
)
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to take care of)
a. cuidar
Oscar looks after patients in the hospital.Oscar cuida a los pacientes del hospital.
b. cuidar de
Juliana looks after orphaned bats for a local animal charity.Juliana cuida de murciélagos huérfanos para una organización benéfica local de animales.
c. velar por
There were commandos taking turns looking after the security of the building.Había comandos que se turnaban para velar por la seguridad alrededor del edificio.
d. atender
Marta looks after the hotel's guests.Marta atiende a los huéspedes del hotel.
2. (to keep watch on)
a. vigilar
Please, look after the children while I pay at the cashier's.Por favor, vigila a los niños mientras pago en la caja.
b. cuidar
My cousin is looking after the house for me while I'm away on business.Mi primo me está cuidando la casa mientras ando fuera de negocios.
3. (to manage)
a. encargarse de
My sister looks after the shoe store on Tuesdays.Mi hermana se encarga de la zapatería los martes.
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tend(
tehnd
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to be inclined; used with infinitive)
a. tender a
She tends to complain about everything.Tiende a quejarse de todo.
b. soler
Margarita tends to get along with everyone.Margarita suele llevarse bien con todos.
c. tener tendencia a
People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck.Las personas tienen tendencia a creer que la felicidad no es más que un golpe de suerte.
d. inclinarse a
I tend to think someone has bribed the judge.Me inclino a pensar que alguien ha sobornado al juez.
2. (to have a quality; used with "toward")
a. tender a
Her books tend toward the theoretical rather than the practical.Sus libros tienden a ser más teóricos que prácticos.
The poll found that the voters tended toward the conservative.La encuesta halló que los votantes tendían a ser conservadores.
3. (to care for; used with "to")
a. atender a
We have a nurse that comes every day to tend to my father-in-law.Tenemos un enfermero que viene todos los días a atender a mi suegro.
b. ocuparse de
The family shares the responsibility of tending to the housework.La familia comparte la responsabilidad de ocuparse de los quehaceres domésticos.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to care for)
a. cuidar
Ronny is in the pasture tending the sheep.Ronny está en el pastizal cuidando las ovejas.
b. atender
The doctor is busy tending the injured.El médico está ocupado atendiendo a los heridos.
c. ocuparse de
I deeply enjoy tending my garden.Disfruto profundamente de ocuparme del jardín.
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