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"Warned" is a form of "warn", a transitive verb which is often translated as "advertir". "Told" is a form of "tell", a transitive verb which is often translated as "contar". Learn more about the difference between "warned" and "told" below.
warn(
wawrn
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to caution)
a. advertir
My parents warned me about getting into a car with strangers.Mis padres me advirtieron sobre subirme a un auto de un extraño.
2. (to notify)
a. avisar
They warned us that there would be lots of traffic on the highway.Nos avisaron que habrá mucho tráfico en la carretera.
b. advertir
The principal warned me that if I drop out of school, I can't come back.La directora me advirtió de que si dejo la escuela no voy a poder volver.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to give a warning)
a. advertir
The surgeon general warns that smoking can be dangerous to your health.El jefe del servicio federal de sanidad advierte que fumar puede ser nocivo para la salud.
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tell(
tehl
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to communicate)
a. contar
You mustn't tell anyone what I'm about to tell you.No debes contarle a nadie lo que estoy a punto de contarte.
b. decir
Do you swear to tell the truth?¿Jura decir la verdad?
2. (to discern)
a. distinguir
I cannot tell the twins apart.No sé distinguir a los gemelos entre sí.
3. (to know)
a. saber
You can tell by the look in her eyes that she loves you.Puedes saber por su mirada que te quiere.
4. (to count)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The nun tells her rosary beads every evening.Todas las noches, la monja reza el rosario.
There were a hundred guests all told.Había cien invitados en total.
5. (to be ordered)
a. ordenar
The soldier was told to watch the prisoner.Al soldado le ordenaron vigilar al prisionero.
b. mandar
You were told to clean your room.Te mandaron que limpiaras la habitación.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to divulge)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I won't tell Mom on you if you do me a favor.No me chivaré de ti a mamá si me haces un favor.
The agent asked her if she saw anything, but she was not willing to tell.El agente le preguntó si había visto algo, pero ella no lo quería decir.
7. (to be revealing)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Age tells when running a marathon.La edad pesa cuando corres un maratón.
Every answer tells in a job interview.Cada respuesta cuenta en una entrevista de trabajo.
8. (to know)
a. saber
How can I tell if she loves me?¿Cómo puedo saber si me quiere?
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