A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to differentiate)
a. to discern
Soy daltónico y me cuesta discernir algunos colores.I'm color-blind and have problems discerning some colors.
b. to distinguish
Los equipos tienen camisetas similares, y por eso es difícil discernir los jugadores.The teams have similar jerseys, so it's hard to distinguish the players.
2. (to grant)
a. to award
La universidad discernió al profesor un premio en reconocimiento a su carrera como investigador.The university awarded the professor a prize in recognition of his career as a researcher.
3. (legal)
a. to award
El tribunal le discernió la tutela al padre.The court awarded guardianship to the father.
b. to appoint
El juez discernió un tutor para el menor de edad.The judge appointed a tutor for the minor.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (to differentiate; often used with "entre")
a. to distinguish
Solo un experto puede discernir entre un cuadro original de una copia.Only an expert can distinguish an original painting from a fake.
b. to discern
El sheriff los encarceló a todos sin discernir entre hombres y mujeres.The sheriff imprisoned them all without discerning between men and women.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to discern, to distinguish
discernir algo de algoto distinguish something from something
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transitive verb
1 (distinguir) to distinguish; discern
discernir una cosa de otra to distinguish one thing from another
2 (Jur) [+tutor] to appoint
3 especialmente (Latinoamérica) [+premio] to award;a to
intransitive verb
to discern; distinguish;entre between;
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