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"Ubicar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to locate", and "poner" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to put". Learn more about the difference between "ubicar" and "poner" below.
ubicar(
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bee
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kahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to situate)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to locate
Los dueños decidieron ubicar el hotel cerca del aeropuerto.The owners decided to locate the hotel near the airport.
b. to put
Quiero ubicar la mesa junto a la ventana para tener una linda vista.I want to put the table next to the garden for a nice view.
c. to place
Los músicos ubicaron los altavoces muy cerca del escenario.The musicians placed the speakers very near the stage.
2. (to find)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to locate
El empleado de la tienda me ayudó a ubicar la sección de los productos lácteos.The store clerk helped me locate the dairy section.
b. to find
¿Ya ubicaste la casa de Martín?Did you find Martin's house yet?
c. to get hold of (person)
¿Ya pudiste ubicar a Juan Carlos?Were you able to get hold of Juan Carlos?
3. (to identify)
a. to place
¿Raúl? No lo ubico. - ¡Lo acabas de conocer!Raul? I can't place him. - You just met him!
ubicarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to situate)
a. to be located
El pozo se ubica a un kilómetro al oeste.The well is located one kilometer to the west.
b. to be situated
El palacio de justicia se ubica entre la catedral y el hotel.The court house is situated between the cathedral and the hotel.
c. to stand
Carla se ubicó frente al grupo para hablarles de su plan de acción.Carla stood in front of the group to tell them about his plan of action.
d. to sit
Nos ubicamos en las primeras filas para poder ver mejor.We sat near the front so we could have a better view.
5. (to orient oneself)
a. to find one's way around
Es fácil ubicarse en la ciudad de Salt Lake, debido a su sistema de numeración de calles.It's easy to find your way around in Salt Lake City, due to its street numbering system.
b. to get one's bearings
El explorador salió del túnel para ubicarse.The explorer came out of the tunnel to get his bearings.
6. (to get employment)
a. to get a job
Gracias a los seis meses que hizo de prácticas, el estudiante consiguió ubicarse en la compañía.Thanks to a six-month internship, the student managed to get a job in the company.
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poner(
poh
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nehr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to place)
a. to put
¿Dónde pones las llaves?Where do you put the keys?
b. to add
Si pones más peso, se romperá.If you add more weight, it will break.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to cause to be)
a. to put
Su renuncia me pone en una situación difícil.His resignation puts me in a difficult position.
3. (clothing)
a. to put on
Después de bañar a la bebé, hay que ponerle ropa limpia.After giving the baby a bath, you have to put some clean clothes on her.
4. (to install)
a. to put
Es lógico que pongan allí un colegio nuevo.It makes sense to put a new school there.
5. (to ship)
a. to send
El mensaje que le puso era simple.The message he sent her was simple.
6. (to grade)
a. to give
Mi profesor me puso mala nota.My professor gave me a bad grade.
7. (to produce)
a. to lay
Las gallinas ponen un huevo al día.Hens lay one egg a day.
8. (to contribute)
a. to put in
Podemos alquilar ese sitio si todos ponemos algo de dinero.We can rent the place if everybody puts in some cash.
9. (to connect)
a. to put on
Pon la televisión para ver las noticias.Put the television on to watch the news.
b. to turn on
¿Ponemos la calefacción?Shall we turn the heating on?
10. (to name)
a. to call
Si tengo un niño le pondré Manuel, que es el nombre de mi padre.If I have a boy, I'll call him Manuel, which is my father's name.
b. to give
¿Qué nombre le van a poner a la niña? - Todavía no lo sabemos.What name are you going to give your baby? - We don't know yet.
ponerse
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
11. (to become)
a. to get
No te pongas impaciente conmigo cuando no has hecho nada para ayudar.Don't get impatient with me when you haven't done anything to help.
b. to turn
Se pone blando cuando se cocina.It turns soft when cooked.
12. (clothing)
a. to put on
Ponte los guantes.Put your gloves on.
13. (to place oneself)
a. to move
Ponte un poco más a la derecha.Move a little more to the right.
14. (to go down)
a. to set
El sol se pone y entonces cae la noche.The sun sets and then night falls.
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