Quick answer
"Watch" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "ver", and "save" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "salvar". Learn more about the difference between "watch" and "save" below.
watch(
wach
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to see)
a. ver
Let's watch a movie tonight.Veamos una película esta noche.
b. mirar
My wife watched me while I played the piano.Mi esposa me miraba mientras tocaba el piano.
c. observar
If you watch this scene carefully, you'll see him disappear.Si observas esta escena con atención, lo verás desaparecerse.
2. (to keep under observation)
a. vigilar
A teacher watches the students while they are taking the test.Un profesor vigila a los alumnos mientras hacen el examen.
3. (to be mindful of)
a. vigilar
You'll need to watch your weight if you go on working at that cake shop.Tendrás que vigilar tu peso si sigues trabajando en esa pastelería.
b. tener cuidado con
You need to watch that dog. It doesn't like children.Hay que tener cuidado con ese perro; no le gustan los niños.
c. tener cuidado de
Watch you don't lose your wedding ring; it looks very loose.Ten cuidado de no perder la alianza; parece que te va grande.
d. cuidado con (used as interjection)
Watch the laptop cable!¡Cuidado con el cable del portátil!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to observe)
a. mirar
He just watched while I ate.Solo miraba mientras yo comía.
b. observar
If you watch, you'll see that happen a lot.Si observas, verás que ocurre con mucha frecuencia.
5. (to keep guard)
a. vigilar
I told my man to keep watching and call me with any news.Le dije a mi hombre que siguiera vigilando y que me llamara con cualquier novedad.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (wristwatch)
a. el reloj
(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 watch is waterproof down to 50 meters.Mi reloj nuevo es sumergible hasta 50 metros.
7. (vigilance)
a. la vigilancia
(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 patient is under watch for Ebola.El paciente se encuentra bajo vigilancia por ébola.
8. (time keeping guard)
a. la guardia
(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).
Most of the watches in the Navy last four hours.La mayoría de las guardias en la Marina duran cuatro horas.
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save(
seyv
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to rescue)
a. salvar
The rescue team saved the mountain climber from the avalanche.El equipo de rescate salvó al montañero de la avalancha.
b. rescatar
He saved the cat from the tree.Rescató el gato del árbol.
2. (religious)
a. salvar
They pray to save their souls.Rezan para salvar sus almas.
3. (to preserve from harm or loss)
a. salvar
Contrary to some economists' expectations, the increase in the minimum wage saved jobs.A pesar de las expectativas de algunos economistas, el incremento en el salario mínimo salvó empleos.
b. conservar
The museum saves manuscripts for future generations.El museo conserva los manuscritos para las generaciones futuras.
4. (computing)
a. guardar
Remember to save your work frequently.Recuerda guardar el trabajo a menudo.
b. archivar
I saved the blueprints on a USB memory.Archivé los planos en una memoria USB.
5. (to put aside for the future)
a. ahorrar (money)
John saves 15% of each paycheck.John ahorra el 15% de cada cheque de pago.
b. juntar
Jesse is saving bottle caps for a school project.Jesse está juntando tapas de botella para un proyecto escolar.
c. reservar
I'm saving my energy to deal with the twins at home.Reservo las energías para ocuparme de los gemelos en casa.
d. guardar
Carolina decided to save her new dress for a special occasion.Carolina decidió guardar su vestido nuevo para una ocasión especial.
6. (to spend less)
a. ahorrar
I saved $20 at the grocery store.Ahorré $20 en la tienda de comestibles.
7. (to avoid)
a. evitar
If we take one car instead of two, we save the extra gasoline expense.Si vamos en un coche en lugar de dos, evitamos el gasto de la gasolina extra.
b. ahorrar
My shortcut saves you ten minutes on your trip downtown.Mi atajo te ahorra diez minutos en el traslado al centro.
8. (to prevent from losing)
a. salvar
Gutierrez saved the game with his goal in the last few seconds.Gutiérrez salvó el partido con su gol en los últimos segundos.
b. parar (ball, puck, shot, etc.)
The goalie saved the shot.El portero paró el tiro.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
9. (to put aside money)
a. ahorrar
I've saving up for a new computer.Estoy ahorrando para una computadora nueva.
10. (to economize)
a. ahorrar
We save on our electric bill by unplugging everything when we’re not using it.Ahorramos en nuestro recibo de luz al desconectar todo cuando no lo estamos usando.
11. (to keep fresh)
a. aguantar (food)
Beans will save in the refrigerator for three days.Los frijoles aguantarán en el refrigerador por tres días.
12. (computing)
a. guardar
It's important to save frequently to avoid data loss.Es importante guardar frecuentemente para evitar la pérdida de datos.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
13.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(other than)
a. excepto
All of the water quality tests have been completed save the arsenic test.Todas las pruebas de calidad del agua se han realizado excepto la prueba de arsénico.
b. salvo
I don't know much about him save that he is a good person.No sé mucho sobre él salvo que es una buena persona.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
14. (sports)
a. la parada
(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).
He is famous for his save at the World Cup finals.Es famoso por su parada en las finales del Mundial.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
15. (except for; used with "for")
a. de no ser por
She would have won, save for the fact that she was caught cheating.Habría ganado, de no ser por el hecho de que la atraparon haciendo trampa.
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