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Verbo Del Dia - 17 de Diciembre de 2013

Lavar - (to wash) - Use it in a sentence - Present, Preterite, Gerund, Past Partipicle, or Infinitive forms only.

Voy a lavar mis gatos. !Esto debe ser divertido!

Estoy lavando mis gatos...

He lavado mis gatos. !No fue divertido!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
ProfesorAntonnio
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However, in Mexico we say "bañar a/ al / a los / a las"

  • Voy a bañar a mis gatos / a los gatos
  • Estoy bañando a mis gatos
  • He bañado a mis gatos

Solamente se lava a los objetos. :0)

*Edición: se puede decir "lavar" cuando limpias una parte específica del animal.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElHeim
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It's not about Mexico. In Spain I'd say also that I'm going to "bañar", but not only people/animals... also objects. It depends on the action itself. Bañar means "to bathe", so it implies that you're going to put the thing/animal/object into a liquid, or to cover it thoroughly (eg. "bañado en chocolate", "bañado en oro"). I'm just rubbing water on something I'd use "lavar"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

Context.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElHeim
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¿Qué contexto quieres?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

thanks, I didn't know there was a different verb for objects and living things.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
ProfesorAntonnio
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Another remark: if you wash a specific part of the animal's body then you can use "lavar":

  • Voy a lavarle las patas al perro
  • Estoy lavándole las orejas al perro.
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rodolfobluecat

Also with people:

"Me voy a lavar las manos"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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I totally agree.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
Caversham
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Hace siglos que no me pongo mis tejanos lavados a la piedra

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melita2

Y supongo que no los lavas tampoco :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Caversham
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Eso sería un crimen :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JosefinaMarchena

En Costa Rica frase: Voy a bañar el perro..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Estoy lavando mis gatos y Lavé mis gatos o He lavado mis gatos.

Mi madre siempre me decía de lavarme los manos antes de comer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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In Spanish we do not use "lavar" for living things... in Mexico we use "bañar".

  • Bañar: cleanse with water (bathe)
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
0liwia
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In Mexico, but what about Spain? Either way, I was merely correcting CattleRustler conjugaison, not the sense, so...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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Here we say "voy a lavar los pájaros" but that means that you're going to clean their cage.

It is very possible than in Spain they do say lavar when they clean an animal with water and soap.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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My Spanish friend said that "bañar" was also used for going swimming, not "nadar." He said that he would use "nadar" if it was actually the sport of swimming, and "bañar" if it was casual, you could say. So if you were going to do some laps at the pool, he would use "nadar." But that's in Spain, I don't know about other places.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doblegg
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I feel that "bañar" is washing completely and "lavar" is washing partially and only for living

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElHeim
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Lavar is not only for living.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PuntoH
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@samsta: In Chile it's the same.

  • Me voy a bañar en la piscina.
  • Me estoy bañando en la piscina.
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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I'm going to ask about lavar and bañar in the forum of Spanish>English learners.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Here's the link so others can see how they responded: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1289339

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Seems indeed it's only for objects. We learn new things everyday around here!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

Samsta. Bañar = Bathe, but in Spanish we only bathe ourselves or our pets and when we go swimming we say; "vamos a nadar", it would sound silly to hear a Mexican saying "vamos a bañarnos" instead. Although you use a bathing suit for swimming not for bathing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

thanks for the corrections. In the second sentence I thought I was supposed to use infinitive instead of gerund (for washing) because the verb estar is ahead of lavar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
0liwia
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No entiendo. Weren't you trying to say "I'm washing mi cats"? Maybe I'm the one who misunderstood and my correction isn't the one you were looking for

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Yes I wanted to say "I am washing my cats". I thought since Estar (Estoy) was used first, that I was supposed to use infinitive (for whatever verb) since its the second verb in the sentence? So is infinitive correct, or should it be Gerund? Or either?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
0liwia
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Then it's the present progressive, and it works just like in English: estoy (I am) lavando (washing)!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
ProfesorAntonnio
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@Oliwia74 Mi madre siempre me decía que me lavara las manos antes de comer.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/0liwia
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Indeed!! Thanks!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

Yup, sometimes in an area called the lavatory often in a basin or sink called a lavatory and, if extra dirty with a brand of soap named Lava.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

que me lavara...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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Necesito lavarme los dientes. (Necesito cepillarme los dientes)

I need to brush my teeth.


Te diré que te laves los dientes. (Te diré que te cepilles los dientes)

I will tell you to brush your teeth.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

Lol, thanks evreyone for participating in this thread. At least I learned something :) I only used Cats because giving a cat a bath is usually a nightmare, let alone more than one. I was trying to say (in chronological order)...

(I know the verb is wrong but...)

I am going to wash my cats. This should be fun!

I am washing my cats... (still not clear if it should be estoy lavar, or estoy lavando ? )

I washed my cats. It was not fun!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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It is "estoy lavando." I'm also confused why you said "Present, Preterite, Gerund, Past Participle, or Infinitive forms only." Was I not supposed to use subjunctive for some reason?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I am not up to subjunctive yet, in my tree, LOL

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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But that's no reason to prohibit others from using it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CattleRustler

I know that, it was just for today

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melita2

Like in AA, just for today. Sólo por hoy.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

Samsta. Only if you were writing a conditional sentence; i.e., I would wash my cat if I had to do it!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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I'm sorry, but, what are you talking about?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

CattleRustler. I am washing my cats could mean either: "Estoy bañando a mis gatos" o Bañaré a mis gatos.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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No, "I am washing my cats" can only mean "Estoy bañando a mis gatos", but if you added some sort of signature of time (tomorrow, later, tonight, in a few hours) then it could mean "Bañaré a mis gatos."

I am washing my cats = Estoy bañando a mis gatos

I am washing my cats tomorrow = Bañaré a mis gatos mañana

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

¿signature of time?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta
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I mean something that tells you when the event will occur, like "later," "tonight," "tomorrow", "at 7 o'clock."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earnst

It is called future marker.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tulstar7

que lazos de la fruta

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ProfesorAntonnio
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He hecho la pregunta de "lavar / bañar al perro" y he aquí lo que están constestando:

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/1289339$comment_id=1291779

4 years ago