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Preterite vs. Imperfect 
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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 observe for the first time)
a. descubrir
We have not yet discovered life on other planets.Todavía no hemos descubierto vida en otros planetas.
2. (to find)
a. hallar
Yesterday the body of a woman was discovered in a garbage dump not far from the city.Ayer el cuerpo sin vida de una mujer fue hallado en un basurero próximo a la ciudad.
b. encontrar
During their search the police discovered a large haul of cocaine.Durante el registro la policía encontró un gran alijo de cocaína.
3. (to notice)
a. descubrir
I get up and go to my office, only to discover that it is Sunday.Me levanto y me voy a la oficina, para descubrir que es domingo.
b. darse cuenta de
It was then that I discovered I had left my umbrella in the restaurant.Fue entonces cuando me di cuenta de que había dejado el paraguas en el restaurante.
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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. descubrir
discover [dɪsˈkʌvəʳ]
transitive verb
1 [+new country, species, talent] descubrir; [+object] (after search) encontrar; hallar
I came back unexpectedly and discovered them together we eventually discovered it under a cushion I went through the files to see what I could discover about him we couldn't discover what was wrong with the car
2 (notice) [+loss, mistake] darse cuenta de
I discovered that I'd left it at home me di cuenta de que lo había dejado en casa
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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