disculpar

disculpar(
dees
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kool
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pahr
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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 pardon)
a. to forgive
Por favor, discúlpame por haber roto la guitarra.Please, forgive me for breaking the guitar.
b. to excuse
Discúlpeme por llegar unos minutos tarde.Excuse me for arriving a few minutes late.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (to ask forgiveness)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Disculpe, por favor. ¿Me dice dónde está la parada del metro?Excuse me, please. Can you tell me where the subway station is?
Disculpa, no te he visto trabajando allí. Me pondré los cascos.I'm sorry, I didn't see you there working. I'll put headphones in.
disculparse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to admit guilt)
a. to apologize
Si te disculparas, quizás te perdonaría.If you apologized, perhaps he'd forgive you.
b. to apologise (United Kingdom)
Puede esperar el tiempo que quiera pero yo no pienso disculparme.He can wait as long as he likes but I've no intention of apologising.
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disculpar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to excuse
disculpen la tardanzaI'm sorry for being late
disculpar a alguien (de o por algo)to forgive somebody (for something)
discúlpame por haber olvidado tu cumpleañosplease forgive me for forgetting your birthday
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
2. (perdonar)
a.
disculpa, no era mi intención ofenderteI'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (general)
a. to apologize
después de su mala actuación, se disculpó con el públicoafter his bad performance he apologized to the audience
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disculpar
transitive verb
(perdonar) to excuse; forgive
disculpa que venga tarde forgive me for coming late; ¡discúlpeme! I'm sorry!; le disculpan sus pocos años his youth is an excuse; his youth provides an excuse; te ruego me disculpes con el anfitrión please make my apologies to the host
pronominal verb
disculparse to apologize;con to
se disculpó por haber llegado tarde he apologized for arriving late
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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