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"Estudiante" is a noun which is often translated as "student", and "desear" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to want". Learn more about the difference between "estudiante" and "desear" below.
el estudiante, la estudiante(
ehs
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too
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dyahn
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teh
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This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (general)
a. student
Mi hermana es estudiante en la Universidad de Columbia.My sister is a student at Columbia University.
b. pupil (at primary or secondary school)
Hermione es la mejor estudiante de la clase.Hermione's the best pupil in the class.
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desear(
deh
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seh
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ahr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to long for)
a. to want
Solo deseo hacerte feliz.I just want to make you happy.
¿Qué deseas para Navidad?What do you want for Christmas?
b. to wish
El director desea hablar con usted.The director wishes to speak to you.
c. to desire
Los discursos del presidente dejan mucho que desear.The president's speeches leave a lot to be desired.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
"¿Qué desea?", preguntó el mayordomo."How can I help you?," asked the butler.
¿Desea algo de tomar?Would you like something to drink?
2. (to express a desire for)
a. to wish
Les deseé muchos años de felicidad.I wished them many years of happiness.
3. (to desire sexually)
a. to want
"Te deseo", dijo el rompecorazones de la película."I want you," said the heartbreaker in the movie.
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