A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to check)
a. to confirm
La policía constató que el cuerpo encontrado era el de la desaparecida.The police confirmed that the body found was that of the missing girl.
b. to verify
El alumno quiso constatar que el profesor no había cometido un error en la nota.The student wanted to verify that the teacher had not made a mistake with his grade.
c. to establish
El doctor constató que su paciente padecía una extraña enfermedad.The doctor established that his patient suffered a strange illness.
d. to see
Mi madre quiso constatar que había terminado todos mis deberes.My mother wanted to see if I had finished all my homework.
2. (to assert)
a. to state
La cantante constató que su álbum saldría a la venta en Navidad.The singer stated that her album would go on sale on Christmas.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (observar)
a. to confirm
2. (comprobar)
a. to check
transitive verb
1 (confirmar)
estos datos constatan la existencia de vida en el planeta this data proves the existence of life on the planet; la autopsia constata que fue un ataque al corazón the post mortem confirms that it was a heart attack; pude constatar que era verdad I was able to establish that it was true
queda constatado que el acusado estaba borracho
yo mismo pude constatar su calidad I was able to see the quality of it for myself
2 (afirmar) to state
—el presidente ha vuelto a ganar —constató el portavoz "the president has won again," stated the spokesman
podemos constatar que la visita ha sido suspendida
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