Common English Mistakes for Spanish Speakers Mis-translating Aprobar

Common English Mistake
“I approved all my classes this semester!”

Why is it Wrong?
When referring to a class or a test, the Spanish verb “abrobar” is commonly mis-translated as “to approve” when a speaker really should say “to pass. A budget or a visa can be approved, but you pass a test or a course.

Correct usage
“Top students pass all their exams with high scores.”
“My daughter passed her driving test and earned her drivers license yesterday.”

“Your visa has been approved, Mr. Garcia.”

Common English Mistake
“I approved all my classes this semester!”

Why is it Wrong?
When referring to a class or a test, the Spanish verb “abrobar” is commonly mis-translated as “to approve” when a speaker really should say “to pass”. A budget or a visa can be approved, but you pass a test or a course.

Correct usage
“Top students pass all their exams with high scores.”
“My daughter passed her driving test and earned her drivers license yesterday.”

“Your visa has been approved, Mr. Garcia.”

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