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"Add up" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "sumar", and "take away" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "llevarse". Learn more about the difference between "add up" and "take away" below.
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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take away(
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uh
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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 remove)
a. llevarse
My cousin is coming tomorrow to take away the old furniture.Mañana viene mi primo a llevarse los muebles viejos.
b. quitar
That gruesome scene took away my appetite.Esa escena desagradable me quitó el apetito.
c. sacar
The government is trying to take away our freedom of speech.El gobierno intenta sacarnos el derecho a la libre expresión.
2. (mathematics)
a. restar
Take away 20 from 50 and you get 30.Si a 50 le restas 20 te da 30.
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
3. (to remove; often used with "from")
a. quitar valor a
They didn't play well today, but that doesn't take away from the fact that they've had a good season.Hoy no jugaron bien, pero eso no quita valor al hecho de que han tenido una buena temporada.
4. (to arrive at conclusions)
a. llevarse
What useful strategies did you take away from the discussion?¿Qué estrategias útiles te llevaste de la discusión?
5. (to take out) (United Kingdom)
a. llevar
Is that to eat in or take away, sir?¿Es para comer aquí o para llevar, señor?
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