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Servir, at Your Service

By December 5, 2012

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Yes, you could translate servir as "serve" most of the time and be understood. But usually this Spanish verb is used to indicate that someone or something is suitable or useful for a task or role of some sort. So while "El iPad sirve para entretener a tus mascotas" could be translated as "The iPad serves for entertaining your pets," a far more natural way of getting the idea across would be say something like "The iPad can be used for entertaining your pets" or "The iPad is good for entertaining your pets." The translation is less literal but truer to the idea.

You can learn more about servir in our lesson on using servir. Keep in mind that servir is irregularly conjugated, following the pattern of vestir, another common verb, meaning "to dress."


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