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"Write" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "escribir", and "speak" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "hablar". Learn more about the difference between "write" and "speak" below.
write(
rayt
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to put in writing)
a. escribir
I wrote a list of things that make me happy.He escrito una lista de las cosas que me hacen feliz.
2. (computing)
a. escribir
The memory cannot be written.No se puede escribir en la memoria.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to correspond)
a. escribir
My son is learning to read and write.Mi hijo está aprendiendo a leer y escribir.
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speak
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to articulate words)
a. hablar
"Speak now or forever hold your peace," said the judge."Hable ahora o calle para siempre", dijo el juez.
2. (to talk)
a. hablar
You know you can speak to me whenever you want.Sabes que puedes hablar conmigo cuando quieras.
3. (to expound upon)
a. hablar
I spoke at length about this issue yesterday.Hablé largo y tendido sobre este tema ayer.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to utter)
a. decir
If you don't speak the truth now, you may never get another chance.Si no dices la verdad ahora, tal vez nunca tendrás otra oportunidad.
5. (to be able to communicate in)
a. hablar
He speaks five languages fluently.Habla cinco idiomas con fluidez.
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