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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 perceive with the ear)
a. to hear
Las paredes son tan finas que oigo a los vecinos hablar.The walls are so thin I can hear the neighbors talking.
2. (to actively hear)
a. to listen to
Se pasa las tardes oyendo música.He spends all afternoon listening to music.
3. (to be informed of)
a. to hear
Oí la noticia del motín en la radio.I heard the news of the riot on the radio.
4. (to pay attention to)
a. to hear
Me quejé a mucha gente, pero nadie quiso oírme.I complained to many people, but nobody wanted to hear me.
5. (to understand)
a. to get
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
“No lo vuelvas a hacer, ¿me oyes?” dijo el maestro."Don't do it again, got it?" said the teacher.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (to perceive sounds)
a. to sound
¿Qué tal se oye ahí atrás?How does it sound back there?
b. to hear
No se oía nada por el ruido del avión.Nothing could be heard over the noise of the airplane.
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
reciprocal verb
7. (to discern each other's words)
a. to hear each other
Fue una llamada muy frustrante porque no nos oíamos nada.It was a very frustrating call because we couldn't hear each other at all.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (sonidos, voces)
a. to hear
los oí hablando o hablar o que hablabanI heard them talking
¡lo que hay que oír!, ¡se oye cada cosa!whatever next!
como quien oye lloverwithout paying the least attention
¡como lo oyes!absolutely!, just like I'm telling you!
2. (colloquial)
¡me va a oír!I'm going to give him a piece of my mind!
3. (escuchar)
a. to listen to
voy a oír las noticiasI'm going to listen to the news
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
4. (general)
a. to hear
¡oiga, por favor!excuse me!
oír, ver y callarhear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
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transitive verb
1 (percibir sonidos) to hear
he oído un ruido I heard a noise; ¿me oyes bien desde tu habitación? can you hear me all right from your room?; le oí abrir la puerta I heard him open the door; I heard him opening the door; —la han despedido —¡no me digas! —como lo oyes "she's been sacked" — "no, really!" — "she has, I'm telling you"; oír hablar de algn to hear about o of sb; he oído decir que ... I've heard it said that ...; rumour o rumor has it that ...; (EEUU)
lo oyó como quien oye llover she paid no attention; she turned a deaf ear to it
¡me van a oír! they'll be having a few words from me!
2 (escuchar) to listen to
oír la radio to listen to the radio; óyeme bien, no vuelvas a hacerlo now listen to what I'm telling you, don't do it again; no han querido oír nuestras quejas they didn't want to listen to our complaints; fui a oír un concierto I went to a concert; I attended a concert
3 [+misa] to attend; hear
4 [+confesión] to hear
5 [+ruego] to heed; answer
¡Dios te oiga! I just hope you're right!
intransitive verb
1 (percibir sonidos)
oír mal (ser medio sordo) to be hard of hearing; (al teléfono) to be unable to hear (properly)
oír de algn (Latinoamérica) to hear from sb
3 (en exclamaciones)
¡oye, que te dejas el cambio! hey, you've forgotten your change!; oiga, ¿es usted el encargado? excuse me, are you in charge?; ¡oye, que yo no he dicho eso! hold on o just a minute, that's not what I said!; ¡oiga! (Telec) hello?
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