"Undertake" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "emprender", and "carry out" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "llevar a cabo". Learn more about the difference between "undertake" and "carry out" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to assume)
a. emprender
Only one of the five scientists who undertook the Arctic expedition returned home.De los cinco científicos que emprendieron la expedición al Ártico, regresó solo uno.
b. asumir
I will undertake the responsibility of reaching out to our donors.Voy a resumir la responsabilidad de contactar a nuestros donantes.
2. (to commit to)
a. comprometerse a
The president traveled to the disaster area and undertook to provide assistance to the flood victims.El presidente viajó al lugar de la catástrofe y se comprometió a brindar ayuda a las víctimas de la inundación.
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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 perform)
a. llevar a cabo
An interdisciplinary team will carry out this project.Un equipo interdisciplinario llevará a cabo este proyecto.
b. realizar
In the search box on this page, you can carry out a product search.En el cuadro de búsqueda de esta página, puedes realizar una búsqueda de productos.
c. hacer
We need to call a technician to carry out the maintenance of the air conditioning system.Tenemos que llamar a un técnico para que haga el mantenimiento del sistema de aire acondicionado.
2. (to follow through with)
a. cumplir
If you made your son a promise, you should carry it out.Si le hiciste una promesa a tu hijo, debes cumplirla.
b. realizar
I could finally carry out the insurance payment.Finalmente pude realizar el pago del seguro.
c. cumplir con
We have not had enough time to carry out some of our tasks.No hemos tenido el tiempo suficiente para cumplir con algunas de nuestras tareas.
3. (to take out)
a. llevar
Can you carry out this luggage to the car?¿Puedes llevar estas maletas al coche?
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