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PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

deber

  1. to have to

ConjugationEdit

Present: debe
Past: debeva
Future: debera
Conditional: deberea
Present participle: debente
Past participle: debite
Imperative: debe

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Spanish [Term?], from Latin dēbēre, present active infinitive of dēbeō (owe). Cognates include English debt.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /deˈbeɾ/, [d̪eˈβeɾ]

NounEdit

deber m (plural deberes)

  1. obligation, duty
    Synonyms: tarea, obligación
  2. debt
    Synonym: deuda
  3. (usually in the plural) homework

VerbEdit

deber (first-person singular present debo, first-person singular preterite debí, past participle debido)

  1. (transitive) to owe
    Debo mucho dinero.
    I owe a lot of money.
  2. (transitive) ought to
    Deberías disculparte.
    You ought to apologize.
  3. (transitive) must
    Debo estudiar.
    I must study.
  4. (reflexive with preposition a) to be due to
  5. (with de and infinitive) probably or most likely do or happen something (add a degree of insecurity to the verb)
    Debes de viajar por avión, China está muy lejos.
    You should travel by plane, China is very far away. or You probably need to fly there, China is very far away.

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