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"Wear" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "llevar", and "put on" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "ponerse". Learn more about the difference between "wear" and "put on" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to have on)
a. llevar
Do you have the time? - No, sorry. I'm not wearing a watch.¿Tienes hora? - Lo siento. No llevo reloj.
b. vestir
Juan was in the office yesterday. He was wearing a suit and sneakers.Ayer estuvo Juan en la oficina. Vestía traje y tenis.
c. vestir de
He wears a suit to work.Él viste de traje para el trabajo.
d. usar
Does your brother also wear glasses?¿Tu hermano también usa gafas?
e. llevar puesto
I'm wearing my favorite dress.Llevo puesto mi vestido favorito.
2. (to put on)
a. ponerse
Wear your coat, it's cold out there!¡Ponte el abrigo que hace frío fuera!
3. (to use up)
a. desgastar
If you are not careful, you can wear the brakes on the car.Si no tienes cuidado, puedes desgastar los frenos del carro.
b. durar
These shoes have worn well, even though I wear them everyday.Estos zapatos han durado mucho, aunque me los pongo todos los días.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (use)
a. el uso
(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).
Normal wear doesn't tarnish titanium rings.Los anillos de titanio no se deslustran por su uso normal.
5. (clothing)
a. la ropa
(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).
When you go in for an interview, formal wear is a must.Cuando vas a una entrevista, la ropa formal es obligatoria.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to dress oneself in)
a. ponerse
You need to put on your clothes because it's almost time to go to school.Debes ponerte la ropa porque ya casi es hora de irnos a la escuela.
2. (to apply to the skin)
a. ponerse
You should put on sunblock.Debes ponerte bloqueador solar.
b. aplicarse
I need to put on moisturizer because my skin is so dry.Me tengo que aplicar una crema hidratante porque tengo la piel reseca.
3. (to turn on)
a. prender
Can you put on the heat?¿Puedes prender la calefacción?
b. poner (movie, music, television)
I am going to put on a relaxing song and go to sleep.Voy a poner una canción relajante y dormirme.
4. (to gain in weight)
a. aumentar
He put on two kilos this Christmas.Aumentó dos kilos esta Navidad.
b. subir
Enough cookies! I don't want to put on any more weight.¡Basta de galletas! No quiero subir más de peso.
5. (to perform or produce)
a. presentar
The local theater is putting on "Fiddler on the Roof."El teatro local está presentando "El violinista en el tejado".
b. montar
They put on "Swan Lake" every year.Montan "El lago de los cisnes" todos los años.
6. (to mislead deliberately)
a. engañar
No way! You're putting me on!¡No! ¡Me estás engañando!
7. (to assume)
a. adoptar
She likes to put on an English accent when she's visiting London.Le gusta adoptar el acento inglés cuando está de visita en Londres.
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