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"Owe" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "deber", and "debt" is a noun which is often translated as "la deuda". Learn more about the difference between "owe" and "debt" below.
owe(
o
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be obligated to pay)
a. deber
He owes his landlord two months of rent.Le debe dos meses de renta al propietario.
b. adeudar (formal)
The company owes millions of dollars to the government.La empresa adeuda millones de dólares al gobierno.
2. (to be obligated to provide)
a. deber
Don't you think you owe me an explanation?¿No te parece que me debes una explicación?
3. (to be indebted for)
a. deber
I owe the firemen my gratitude for rescuing my cat.Le debo a los bomberos mi gratitud por rescatar a mi gato.
4. (to be due to)
a. deber
He owes his stubbornness to his father.Le debe su terquedad a su padre.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (to be obligated to pay)
a. deber
Remind me that I still owe for the drinks on Friday.Recuérdame que todavía debo las bebidas del viernes.
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debt(
deht
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (finance)
a. la deuda
(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).
Our biggest debt is the mortgage on our house.Nuestra deuda más grande es la hipoteca de nuestra casa.
2. (moral obligation)
a. la deuda
(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 owe him a debt for saving my life.Tengo una deuda con él por haberme salvado la vida.
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