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Old July 23, 2010, 01:41 PM
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In spanish what is the equivalent of the english verb " to hold"; when used in the context of examples such as:
1. Hold the ball in one hand and hold the racquet in the other hand. (a request)
2. Hold the racquet in your hand. (imperative)
3. Hold out your hand. (imperative)
4. Hold (or save) this seat for me until i return, por favor.
5. How long can you hold the candle in your hand?

The english verb "hold" has many various meanings. Can you think of other examples and translate them?
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Old July 23, 2010, 01:54 PM
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In spanish what is the equivalent of the english verb " to hold"; when used in the context of examples such as:
1. Hold the ball in one hand and hold the racquet in the other hand. (a request)
2. Hold the racquet in your hand. (imperative)
3. Hold out your hand. (imperative)
4. Hold (or save) this seat for me until i return, por favor.
5. How long can you hold the candle in your hand?

The english verb "hold" has many various meanings. Can you think of other examples and translate them?
1) Lleva la bola en una mano y la raqueta en la otra
2) Lleva la raqueta
3) Alza la mano
4) Guarda la silla hasta que vuelva por favor,
5) ¿Cuánto tiempo puede llevar la vel en tu mano?
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Old July 23, 2010, 02:02 PM
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1) Lleva la bola en una mano y la raqueta en la otra
2) Lleva la raqueta
3) Alza la mano
4) Guarda la silla hasta que vuelva por favor,
5) ¿Cuánto tiempo puede llevar la vel en tu mano?
I agree with all of those but for #3 wouldn't that probably need a reflexive? ie. a "Te" at the end of alza?
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Old July 23, 2010, 02:49 PM
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Poli's suggestions are all fine, with a slight correction and a little comment:
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3) Alza la mano (This one would rather mean raise your hand, like "levanta la mano".)
5) ¿Cuánto tiempo puedes llevar la vela en tu la mano?

Some other suggestions:

1. Ten/sostén la bola/pelota en una mano y la raqueta en la otra. (Verbs: "tener" or "sostener".)
2. Ten/mantén/sostén la bola/pelota en la mano. (Verbs: "tener", "mantener", "sostener")
3. Extiende/estira la mano. (Verbs: "extender", "estirar")
4. Guárdame/apártame el asiento. (Verbs: "guardar", "apartar")
("El asiento" is more general than "la silla", which is specifically a chair. And please note, this sense of "apartar" is probably a Mexican expression only.)
5. ¿Cuánto puedes sostener/mantener/tener la vela en la mano? (Verbs: "tener", "mantener", "sostener")

"Mantener" is to hold for a certain amount of time. I didn't use in the first sentence, because you're not expected to hold both racquet and ball for long if you're going to play.


@Wafflestomp: There's no need for a pronominal there.
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Having learned most of my Spanish in Mexico, I would tend to agree with what Angélica suggests.

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The english verb "hold" has many various meanings. Can you think of other examples and translate them?
to hold a baby - abrazar/cargar a un bebé
Can I hold your baby? ¿Puedo cargar a tu bebé?

(when you have to go to the bathroom, but there's no bathroom nearby)
Hold it! - ¡Aguántate!

(when someone is walking away from you and you want them to stop)
Hold it! - ¡Detente!

(to temporarily hold something for someone)
Here, can you hold this for a second? ¿Puedes detenerme esto por un momento?

She held my hand. - Me tomó de la mano.

to hold up (rob) - asaltar/robar

to hold something up - alzar/levantar algo

the box held a beautiful gem. - la caja contenía una gema hermosa.
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@Angélica,
And please note, this sense of "apartar" is probably a Mexican expression only.
This expression is also used in Spain, even if I cannot find it in the DRAE, nor in Moliner, I definitely have used myself and heard many people using it.

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(to temporarily hold something for someone)
Here, can you hold this for a second? ¿Puedes detenerme esto por un momento?


I would tend to use "Toma, ¿puedes sostenerme esto por un momento?" Not totally sure of the context, but if I am buying groceries, and have something in my hands and I cannot take what I want, I'll go, "Here, can you hold this for a second?" (while I arrange whatever I have in my hands, or put the stuff I am buying on the cart...) If I say "detenerme" it sounds to me like "can you stop this for me" ? (Not sure if I am missing something... let me know.)
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@Pablo: Thanks, I wasn't sure.

I think "detener" as a synonym of "sostener" is definitely a Mexican use only.
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But, do you use it as "deténme este paquete un momento" (as in "sosténme"?) If so, that's interesting to me. But, be it, anyhow.
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Yes, that's what Tomisimo's example said, and what I've subscribed.
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Thank you! (Good to know!)
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