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"Using" is a form of "use", a transitive verb which is often translated as "usar". "By using" is a phrase which is often translated as "al usar". Learn more about the difference between "using" and "by using" below.
use(
yuz
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make use of)
a. usar
Excuse me, are you using this outlet?Disculpe, ¿está usando este enchufe?
b. utilizar
What is the semicolon used for?¿Para qué se utiliza el punto y coma?
c. ocupar
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
If you're not using this chair, can I take it?¿Si no estás ocupando esta silla, la puedo tomar?
2. (to consume)
a. usar
I make an effort not to use too much electricity.Hago un esfuerzo para no usar demasiada electricidad.
b. consumir
You can't put regular gas in that car; it only uses diesel.No puedes ponerle gasolina normal a ese carro; solo consume diesel.
c. gastar (in a negative sense)
Our refrigerator uses too much energy.Nuestro refrigerador gasta demasiada energía.
3. (to take)
a. usar
More people are using certain drugs now that they are legal.Hay más gente usando ciertas drogas ya que son legales.
b. consumir
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
If you keep using drugs, you're going to ruin your life.Si sigues consumiendo drogas, te vas a arruinar la vida.
4. (to exploit)
a. usar
Stop dating that guy. He's only using you!Deja de salir con ese chico. ¡Solo te está usando!
b. utilizar
I can't just sit here and watch you use that poor guy.No puedo quedarme quieto y ver cómo utilizas a ese pobre chico.
5. (to say)
a. usar
Don't use bad words in front of your grandfather.No uses groserías delante de tu abuelo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to consume drugs)
a. drogarse
I stopped using years ago.Yo dejé de drogarme hace años.
b. usar drogas
Do you know if she's still using?¿Sabes si ella sigue usando drogas?
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
7. (the act of using)
a. el uso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The use of computers in school is normal nowadays.El uso de las computadoras en las escuelas es normal hoy en día.
b. la utilización
(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).
The use of agricultural waste products is an important government project.La utilización de los residuos agrícolas es un proyecto importante para el gobierno.
8. (function, application)
a. el uso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My new knife has so many uses!¡Mi nueva navaja tiene tantos usos!
9. (consumption)
a. el consumo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The use of drugs is harmful to your health.El consumo de las drogas es dañino para la salud.
10. (purpose)
a. el propósito
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I know you want to buy that purple fedora, but what use does it have?Ya sé que te quieres comprar ese sombrero de fieltro morado, ¿pero qué propósito tiene?
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by using(
bay
 
yu
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zihng
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to indicate a cause)
a. al usar
By using this website, you agree to our terms and conditions.Al usar este sitio web, usted acepta nuestros términos y condiciones.
2. (used to indicate a method or means)
a. usando
The company was able to reduce its expenses by using a more efficient supplier.La empresa logró reducir sus gastos usando un proveedor más eficiente.
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