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"Watch TV" is a phrase which is often translated as "ver la tele", and "I was watching" is a phrase which is often translated as "estaba viendo". Learn more about the difference between "watch TV" and "I was watching" below.
watch TV(
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ti
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vi
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. ver la tele
I didn't do anything this weekend except watch TV.No hice nada más este fin de semana que ver la tele.
b. mirar la tele
The children can watch TV after they've finished their homework.Los niños pueden mirar la tele después de terminar sus tareas.
c. ver tele
I don't like to watch TV.No me gusta ver tele.
d. mirar tele
You shouldn't watch so much TV. You're going to rot your brains.No deben mirar tanta tele. Se van a atontar.
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I was watching
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. estaba viendo
I was watching TV when the light went off.Estaba viendo televisión cuando se cortó la luz.
b. estaba mirando
Although you didn't notice, I was watching you all the time.Aunque no te diste cuenta, te estaba mirando todo el tiempo.
c. estaba observando
Yesterday, I was watching some birds feeding in my back yard when a branch fell off a tree.Ayer, estaba observando unos pájaros mientras comían en el jardín de atrás cuando se desprendió una rama de un árbol.
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