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"Was" is a form of "be", a copular verb which is often translated as "ser". "Gave" is a form of "give", a transitive verb which is often translated as "dar". Learn more about the difference between "was" and "gave" below.
be(
bi
)
A copular verb links the subject of a clause to the predicate (e.g. My brother is tall).
1. (used to indicate a permanent quality)
a. ser
The ocean is blue.El océano es azul.
2. (used to indicate a temporary state)
a. estar
I'm not in a good mood today.Hoy no estoy de buen humor.
The sky is cloudy.El cielo está nublado.
3. (followed by a noun)
a. ser
France is a member of the European Union.Francia es un miembro de la Unión Europea.
4. (used to indicate a profession or occupation)
a. ser
What do you do for a living? - I'm a doctor.¿A qué te dedicas? - Soy médico.
5. (used with dates)
a. ser
My birthday is July 26th.Mi cumpleaños es el 26 de julio.
b. estamos a (present day)
Today is Thursday.Hoy estamos a jueves.
6. (imperative mood)
a. ser
Be polite with guests.Sé educado con los invitados.
b. estar
Be quiet, and don't move!¡Estate callado y no te muevas!
7. (used to indicate age)
a. tener
My brother is 30 years old.Mi hermano tiene 30 años.
8. (to cost)
a. costar
One pizza and two drinks are $15.Una pizza y dos bebidas cuestan $15.
b. ser
Shipping is three dollars.El envío es tres dólares.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to take place)
a. ser
The party is at my place.La fiesta es en mi casa.
10. (to be present)
a. estar
My sister is in her room.Mi hermana está en su habitación.
11. (to visit; used with the present perfect)
a. estar
I've been to New York three times.He estado en Nueva York tres veces.
b. venir
The mailman has been here, but he didn't bring your package.El cartero ha venido, pero no trajo tu paquete.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
12. (to exist)
a. haber
There are no trees on our road.No hay árboles en nuestra calle.
13. (used to indicate time)
a. ser
It is bedtime.Es hora de ir a dormir.
14. (used to refer to the weather)
a. hacer
It's too windy to go up in a balloon.Hace demasiado viento para ir en globo.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
15. (with tenses of continuous action)
a. estar
I am reading a book.Estoy leyendo un libro.
16. (with the passive voice)
a. ser
The church was built in 1900.La iglesia fue construida en 1900.
17. (when substituting a verb)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm going to the party. - So am I.Voy a la fiesta. - Yo también.
It is a lovely day, isn't it?Es un día precioso, ¿verdad?
18. (with infinitive constructions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't know how much salt is to be added to the sauce.No sé cuánta sal hay que añadir a la salsa.
The assignment is to be done by next Thursday.La tarea tiene que estar para el jueves que viene.
19. (used to indicate the future)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My baby is due in three months.Mi bebé nacerá dentro de tres meses.
Tomorrow, I'm going to the dentist.Mañana voy al dentista.
20. (in conditional sentences)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Had it not been for his family, he would have never become an artist.Si no fuera por su familia, nunca habría sido artista.
If I were you, I would not go.Yo en tu lugar, no iría.
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give(
gihv
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to hand)
a. dar
Give me the sugar, please.Dame el azúcar, por favor.
2. (to gift)
a. dar
What are you going to give your father on his birthday?¿Qué le vas a dar a tu padre en su cumpleaños?
b. regalar
Santa Claus gave me a bike.Papá Noel me regaló una bici.
c. obsequiar
They gave us slippers at the hotel.Nos obsequiaron pantuflas en el hotel.
d. otorgar (formal)
Nelson Mandela was given the Nobel Prize.A Nelson Mandela le otorgaron el Premio Nobel.
3. (to provide)
a. dar
You've given me a really good idea.Me has dado una buenísima idea.
4. (to cause)
a. dar
Just talking about it gives me goosebumps.Solo con hablar de ello me dan escalofríos.
5. (to pay)
a. dar
The insurance gave me enough to cover the cost of a new tire.El seguro me dio suficiente para cubrir el costo de una llanta nueva.
6. (to introduce)
a. presentar
So without further ado, I give you the new Miss America.Sin más dilación, les presento a la nueva Miss América.
7. (to state)
a. dar
Can you give me the exact term?¿Puedes darme el término exacto?
8. (to provide as entertainment)
a. dar
I normally give a party at my house to celebrate spring.Normalmente doy una fiesta en mi casa para celebrar la primavera.
9. (to donate)
a. donar
Do you think it would be good to give these old plates to the shelter?¿Crees que sería bueno donar estos platos viejos al refugio?
10. (to pass along)
a. dar
I’m going to give you the same advice my dad gave me when I got married.Te voy a dar el mismo consejo que me dio mi papá cuando me casé.
11. (to dedicate)
a. dar
The activist gave her life to the protection of endangered species.La activista dio la vida por la protección de las especias en peligro de extinción.
12. (to sacrifice)
a. dar
The soldier gave his life to protect the country he loved.El soldado dio la vida para proteger el país que amaba.
13. (to offer)
a. dar
Will you give me your hand to steady myself?¿Me das la mano para sujetarme?
14. (to grant)
a. dar
Dad gave me permission to drive his car.Papá me dio permiso para conducir su coche.
15. (to produce)
a. dar
Our new cow gives a lot of milk.Nuestra vaca nueva da mucha leche.
This wool blanket gives a lot of heat.Esta cobija de lana da mucho calor.
16. (to care)
a. importar
I don't give a darn about baseball.Me importa un bledo el béisbol.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
17. (to collapse)
a. hundirse
The ceiling gave under the bombardment.El tejado se hundió a causa del bombardeo.
b. ceder
The floor gave because the wood was rotten.Cedió el piso porque la madera estaba podrida.
18. (to donate)
a. donar
We invite you to give so that these children have warm coats.Le invitamos a donar para que estos niños tengan abrigos calientes.
19. (to yield to a force)
a. ceder
She’s never going to give; you’d better stop asking.Nunca va a ceder; mejor deja de preguntarle.
b. dar de sí
The shoes gave after a few weeks, but they were still tight.Los zapatos dieron de sí después de unas semanas, pero todavía me apretaban.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
20. (flexibility)
a. la elasticidad
(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).
These pants don't have much give.Este pantalón no tiene mucha elasticidad.
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