Viernes de Vocabulario: Hacer & Satisfacer – To Do & To Satisfy

In Spanish as in English the verb Satisfacer has different meanings depending on the context

  • To pay a debt entirely 
  • To do something that deserves the forgiveness of a punishment
  • To calm an apettite, a passion, etc.
  • To make happy
  • To gratify to the full
  • To put an end to a doubt or an uncertianty 
  • To convince

On the other hand the verb Hacer in Spanish can be used as To Do or To Make. For instance in English you say make your bed, make dinner or do the homework and in Spanish Haces tu cama, haces la cena, or haces la tarea. The verb hacer can be used either way as To Do or as To Make. 

Satisfacer is an irregular verb and it is conjugated just like the verb Hacer, so in Spanish it is not apropriate to say satisfará not satisfacerá which is a common mistake amongst Spanish speakers. 

Below you can find some innapropriate forms of the verb Satisfacer that it is possible to find on the press or in media or the day to day life among native spanish speakers: 

Satisfací instead of Satisfice 
Satisficiera instead of Satisficiera
Satisfacería instead of Satifaría
Satisfacerá instead of Satisfará

It looks very difficult right? but if you think about it, It is very easy, It is just like conjugating the verb Hacer which is more used in Spanish than the verb Satisfacer 

Present Tense              
Yo Hago – Satisfago
Haces – Satisfaces
Él Hace – Satisface
Nosotros Hacemos – Satisfacemos
Ustedes/Ellos Hacen – Satisfacen

Past Tense
Yo Hice – Satisfice
Hiciste – Satisfaciste
Él  Hizo – Satisfizo
Nosotros Hicimos – Satifacimos
Ustedes/Ellos Hicieron – Satisfacieron

Both verbs Satisfacer and Hacer are conjugated in the same way except in the imperative form which is congujated as follows

Satisface o Satisfaz  
Usted  Satisfaga 

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