Quick answer
"Watch" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "ver", and "tell" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contar". Learn more about the difference between "watch" and "tell" 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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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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