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"Be able to" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "poder", and "manage" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "dirigir". Learn more about the difference between "be able to" and "manage" below.
be able to(
bi
 
ey
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buhl
 
tu
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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 be capable of)
a. poder
I am able to meet next Monday at nine in the morning. Is that convenient?Puedo reunirme el lunes que viene a las nueve de la mañana. ¿Le es conveniente?
b. ser capaz de
He was not able to walk after the accident.No era capaz de caminar después del accidente.
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manage(
mah
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nihj
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to direct)
a. dirigir
The employees are fed up with the way that the executives manage the company.Los empleados están hartos de la forma en la que los ejecutivos dirigen la empresa.
b. administrar
I know the woman who manages the South American branch of the company.Conozco a la mujer que administra la filial sudamericana de la empresa.
c. gestionar
In his new job, he will manage all information technology operations.En su nuevo cargo, él gestionará todas las operaciones de informática.
2. (to deal with)
a. manejar
I don't know how she manages so many responsibilities, but I admire her for it.No sé cómo maneja tantas responsabilidades, pero la admiro por hacerlo.
3. (to succeed)
a. conseguir
We managed to finish the project without you.Conseguimos terminar el proyecto sin ti.
b. lograr
Despite the rain, I managed to go for a run.A pesar de la lluvia, logré salir a correr.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to cope)
a. arreglárselas
He doesn't need help this time. He'll manage on his own.Él no necesita ayuda esta vez. Se las arreglará por su cuenta.
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