Quick answer
"Contribute" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "contribuir con", and "chip in" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "contribuir". Learn more about the difference between "contribute" and "chip in" below.
contribute(
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trih
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byut
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to give)
a. contribuir con
I contributed $20 to her goodbye present.Contribuí con 20 dólares a su regalo de despedida.
b. aportar
The state contributed €5 mllion to repair the damage caused by the earthquake.El estado aportó 5 millones de euros para reparar los daños causados por el terremoto.
2. (journalism)
a. escribir
I was asked to contribute a short story for the magazine.Me pidieron que escribiera un cuento para la revista.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to give money)
a. contribuir
I live with my parents, but I contribute towards household expenses.Vivo con mis padres, pero contribuyo a los gastos de la casa.
4. (to help)
a. contribuir
Their campaign has contributed to a better understanding of the plight of these animals.Su campaña ha contribuido a una mejor comprensión de la grave situación que viven estos animales.
5. (to participate)
a. intervenir
She rarely contributes at staff meetings.Raras veces interviene en las reuniones del personal.
6. (journalism; used with "to")
a. escribir para
He contributes to their weekend supplement on a regular basis.Escribe regularmente para su suplemento de fin de semana.
b. colaborar con
She has contributed to the Washington Post and other newspapers.Ha colaborado con el Washington Post y otros diarios.
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chip in
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
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to give some money)
a. contribuir
Alice said she won't chip in for the present.Alice dijo que no iba a contribuir para el regalo.
b. poner dinero
We all chipped in to buy some beers and snacks.Todos pusimos dinero para comprar unas cervezas y unos snacks.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to join in a conversation)
a. intervenir
During the discussion, Mike chipped in with some interesting ideas.Durante el debate, Mike intervino con algunas ideas interesantes.
b. interrumpir
Every time I tried to talk, she chipped in with some irrelevant remark.Cada vez que yo pretendía hablar, ella interrumpía con algún comentario descolgado.
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
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to give to a common fund)
a. aportar
Let's chip in ten dollars each to buy Susie a nice gift.Aportemos diez dólares cada uno para comprarle a Susie un lindo regalo.
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