A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (education)
a. to grade
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Felicidades! ¡Acabo de terminar de calificar los exámenes y a todos les fue muy bien!Congratulations! I just finished grading the exams and everyone did really well!
La maestra calificará los exámenes la próxima semana.The teacher will grade the exams next week.
b. to mark (United Kingdom)
El profesor está calificando las pruebas.The teacher is marking the tests.
c. to give a grade
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Quién califica a los estudiantes cuando un profesor renuncia?Who gives students a grade when a teacher resigns?
d. to give a mark (United Kingdom)
Ya tomé el examen, pero todavía no me calificaron.I've already sat the exam, but haven't been given a mark yet.
2. (to assign characteristics; often used with "de")
a. to describe as
Las críticas la calificaron de pésima actriz.She was described as the worst actress in reviews.
b. to call
Los adultos suelen calificar de irresponsables a los adolescentes.Adults often call teenagers irresponsible.
c. to rate
Sus colegas investigadores la califican de brillante.Her fellow researchers rate her as brilliant.
3. (to allot)
a. to designate as
El gobierno ya calificó el terreno como edificable.The government already designated the lot as building land.
4. (grammar)
a. to qualify
El adjetivo califica al sustantivo.The adjective qualifies the noun.
5. (to enable)
a. to qualify
El diploma del CEPE te califica para dar clases de español.The CEPE diploma qualifies you to teach Spanish.
6. (to evaluate)
a. to rate
Muchos críticos calificaron a este restaurante como el mejor restaurante de comida italiana de la ciudad.Many critics rated this restaurant as the best Italian restaurant in town.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
7. (sports)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to qualify
El equipo de futbol de mi prepa calificó para la semifinal del torneo.My high school's soccer team qualified for the tournament semifinals.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (denominar)
calificar a alguien de algoto call somebody something, to describe somebody as something
2. (education)
a. to mark (United Kingdom)
b. to grade
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
calificar a alguien con un suspensoto fail somebody to give sb a failing grade
3. (grammar)
a. to qualify
transitive verb
calificar algo/a algn como o de algo to describe sth/sb as sth; call sb/sth sth; calificó su política como o de racismo encubierto he called their policy covert racism; he described their policy as covert racism; el párroco lo calificó de impertinente the parish priest described him as o called him impertinent
calificó la decisión como o de decisiva calificó como o de ejemplar la actuación de la policía
documentos calificados como alto secreto documents classified as top secret
2 (Escol) [+examen] to mark; grade; (EEUU) [+alumno] to give a mark to; give a grade to; (EEUU)
3 (ennoblecer) to distinguish
pronominal verb
calificarse (Latinoamérica) (Política) to register as a voter
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