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"Look at" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "mirar", and "gaze" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "mirar fijamente". Learn more about the difference between "look at" and "gaze" below.
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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 observe)
a. mirar
Look at the moon. It's so beautiful tonight.Mira la luna. Es tan hermosa esta noche.
2. (to consider)
a. considerar
We plan to look at three options before making a decision.Planeamos considerar tres opciones antes de tomar una decisión.
b. estudiar
You'll need to look at the problem from different points of view in order to come up with the best solution.Tendrás que estudiar el problema desde diferentes puntos de vista con el fin de llegar a la mejor solución.
c. enfocar
Did you do well in the contest? - That depends on how you look at it.¿Tuviste éxito en el concurso? - Eso depende de cómo lo enfocas.
d. mirar
You should look at the problem from her point of view.Deberías mirar el problema desde su perspectiva.
3. (to check)
a. examinar
The nurse went to look at Dr. Sergio's patient.La enfermera fue a revisar el paciente del Dr. Sergio.
b. revisar
My mechanic looked at my car, but couldn't find anything wrong with it.Mi mecánico revisó el coche, pero no pudo encontrar nada malo.
4. (to contemplate)
a. calcular
How much does it cost to study here? - You're looking at close to $10,000 pesos per month on average.¿Cuánto cuesta estudiar aquí? - Calculo que será cerca de $10,000 pesos por mes en promedio.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to look at with intention)
a. mirar fijamente
Gaze into the crystal ball and I'll be able to predict your future.Mira fijamente la bola de cristal y podré adivinar tu futuro.
b. mirar
You've been gazing out the window for the past hour. Are you paying attention?Te has pasado toda la hora mirando por la ventana. ¿Estás prestando atención?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (look)
a. la mirada fija
(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).
His intent gaze pierced me like a knife and made me uncomfortable.Su mirada fija e intensa me atravesó como una navaja y me incomodó.
b. la mirada
(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).
I've noticed your gaze lingering all night. Are you going to buy me a drink?Llevo notando tu mirada toda la noche. ¿Me vas a invitar a una bebida?
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