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Old July 26, 2009, 08:54 AM
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Question Alcanzar vs. conseguir?

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Is there a difference in the use of 'alcanzar' and 'conseguir'?

Alcanzar I think is often used as to obtain, or to physically reach? Can it also be used as ' to succeed at' or 'to achieve'? (I think I have come across it being used in such a context?)

And in which cases would it be better to use 'conseguir' in terms of succeeding at something, of achieving something? Or are they more or less interchangeable?

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Old July 26, 2009, 12:17 PM
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'Alcanzar' has more meanings than 'conseguir'. 'Conseguir' means 'alcanzar', but 'alcanzar' doesn't mean 'conseguir'.

'Conseguir' also means 'lograr', 'llegar a ser' and 'obtener'

Consiguió ser el primero de la clase = Llegó a ser el primero de la clase.
Conseguí el primer premio = Logré el primer premio.
Conseguiremos una placa = obtendremos una placa
No consigo entenderte = no alcanzo a entenderte.

Alcanzó al primer coche de la carrera (era el segundo participante) ≠ Consiguió el primer coche (lo consiguió materialmente, comprándolo, por ejemplo)
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iMuchas gracias irmamar por explicarlo de una manera tan clara!
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