Thursday, October 30, 2014

Henchir and hinchar

The meanings of these two verbs are similar. Henchir means "to fill" as in henchir de gratitude, "to fill with gratitude." Hinchar means "to inflate" as in hinchar una administración, "to inflate the bureaucracy." The conjugation of henchir is stem-changing and has a lot of is where one would expect an e, as in hinche, "he fills." But that opens wide the door to conjugation overlap with hinchar. Indeed, hinche also is the command to an adult "Inflate!" Hinchamos means "we inflate" and also "Let's fill!"

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