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Thursday, November 04, 2010 (read 2887 times)

Tocar vs. Jugar

by Kimberly

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Tocar vs. Jugar

El uso de los verbos tocar y jugar se confunde en ocasiones por la influencia de otros idiomas, como el inglés, en los que hay solamente una palabra para ambos verbos.
(Sometimes we find problems when using the verbs tocar and jugar. It is due to the influence of other languages, such as English that have just one word for both meanings -to play basketball / to play an instrument).


Utilizamos el verbo tocar cuando hablamos de instrumentos.
(In Spanish we use tocar when we are talking about music instruments)

Toco la guitarra.
María toca el violín en la orquesta de su ciudad.
Ana está aprendiendo a tocar el piano.


Utilizamos el verbo jugar cuando nos referimos a deportes o juegos.
(We use the verb jugar when talking about sports or games)

Juego al fútbol.
Podemos jugar una partida al Monopoly.
Este fin de semana iré a jugar al tenis.
Pedro juega muy bien al ajedrez.

Verbs related to
  1. Amar: To love
  2. Desear: To want, to desire
  3. Querer: To love, to want
  4. Llorar: To cry
  5. Añorar: To miss
Vocabulary related to
  1. Mojo: Sauce
  2. Guachinche: Bar, tavern, pub
  3. Gaveta: Drawer
  4. Guagua: Bus
  5. Papas: Potatoes
  6. Millo: Corn
  7. Gofio: Flour


Keywords: tocar,jugar


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