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"Add up to" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "sumar", and "add up" is a transitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "sumar". Learn more about the difference between "add up to" and "add up" below.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to total)
a. sumar
Your unpaid bills add up to a considerable amount.Sus facturas impagas suman una cantidad considerable.
b. ascender a
The cost of the three nights at the hotel add up to $ 1,000 plus taxes.El costo de las tres noches en el hotel asciende a $ 1,000 más impuestos.
2. (to amount to)
a. equivaler a
Reprehensible as they may be, his actions do not add up to embezzlement.Por criticables que sean, sus actos no equivalen a malversación.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
She believes she is a key member of the team but, to be honest, her contributions don't add up to much.Cree que es una integrante clave del equipo pero, para ser honesta, sus aportes no son gran cosa.
The service, the views, the rooms - all add up to a great hotel.El servicio, las vistas, las habitaciones: todo hace que sea un hotel sensacional.
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add up(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to calculate the total of)
a. sumar
When I added up our monthly expenditure, I was shocked at how much we were spending.Cuando sumé nuestros gastos mensuales, me escandalizó la cantidad que gastábamos.
b. hacer
Excuse me; I think you've made a mistake adding up my bill.Disculpe; creo que ha hecho un error al hacerme la cuenta.
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
2. (to calculate)
a. sumar
Gemma is still learning to add up and take away at school.Gemma todavía está aprendiendo a sumar y restar en la escuela.
3. (to tally)
a. cuadrar
The figures don't add up. There must be a mistake somewhere.Las cifras no cuadran. Debe de haber un error en alguna parte.
4. (to mount up)
a. sumarse
You need to watch these small expenses. They all add up.Tienes que vigilar estos gastos pequeños. Van sumándose.
5.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g., carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to make sense)
a. cuadrar
Tony was suspicious of Robert as his story just didn't add up.Tony desconfiaba de Robert ya que su historia no cuadraba.
b. tener sentido
What Henry told me just doesn't add up.Lo que Henry me contó no tiene sentido.
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