diferenciar

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diferenciar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to discern)
a. to distinguish
No soy sommelier, pero puedo diferenciar un vino bueno de uno barato.I'm not a sommelier, but I can distinguish a good wine from a cheap one.
b. to differentiate
El color del gato te puede ayudar a diferenciar un macho de una hembra.The color of the cat can help you differentiate a male from a female.
c. to tell the difference
¡Lucía ni puede diferenciar un Picasso de un Van Gogh!Lucia can't even tell the difference between a Picasso and a Van Gogh!
d. to tell apart
¡Tus hijas son muy parecidas! A veces me cuesta diferenciarlas.Your daughters look alike! Sometimes I can't tell them apart.
2. (to set apart)
a. to make different
¿Me puedes explicar qué es lo que diferencia a los socialistas de los comunistas?Can you explain to me what makes socialists and communist different?
diferenciarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to be unlike)
a. to be different
Esta especie se diferencia porque presenta alas más cortas.This species is different because its wings are shorter.
b. to differ
La Iglesia católica se diferencia de la ortodoxa en algunos aspectos clave.The Catholic and the Orthodox Church differ in some key aspects.
4. (to be conspicuous)
a. to stand out
Nuestra universidad se diferencia por su distinguido cuerpo docente.Our university stands out for its distinguished faculty.
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diferenciar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to distinguish
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (general)
a. to distinguish, to differentiate
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (diferir)
a. to differ, to be different
4. (descollar)
a.
diferenciarse deto stand out from
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diferenciar
transitive verb
1 (hacer diferencias) to distinguish; differentiate
no sabe diferenciar entre uno y otro she can't distinguish o differentiate between the two; no sabe diferenciar entre el bien y el mal he can't distinguish between good and evil
2 (hacer diferente) to make different
3 (variar) to vary the use of; alter the function of
4 (Matemáticas) to differentiate
pronominal verb
diferenciarse
1 (ser diferente) to differ; be different;de from
no se diferencian en nada they do not differ at all; se diferencian en que ... they differ in that ...
2 (destacarse) to stand out
este producto se diferencia por su calidad this product stands out because of its quality
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