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Old January 09, 2012, 07:06 AM
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Transitive and intransitive verbs

I was wondering if anyone knew of a list of verbs that are different between Spanish and English in terms of transitive/intransitive properties.

For instance "walk" is transitive or intransitive in English.
I walk all the time. intransitive action
I need to walk the dog. transitive action
But the equivalent verb, "andar" is only intransitive in Spanish.
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Old January 09, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Well, the list will grow huge, and that without telling there's a whole category of Spanish verbs that are pronominales, usually becoming intransitive in English.

Differences generally pertain to meaning. You can use caminar in many transitive meanings, some of them regional:

Hoy caminé 10 kilómetros.
Mira qué pollos flacos. Están muy caminados. (They have to move a lot to get their own food)
Y terminé comprando esta batata ¡Me caminaron! (batata = a lemon -about a car or similar item-)
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