Quick answer
"Crumble" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "desmenuzar", and "fall apart" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "deshacerse". Learn more about the difference between "crumble" and "fall apart" below.
crumble(
kruhm
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buhl
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (culinary)
a. desmenuzar
I like to crumble blue cheese on my salads.Me gusta desmenuzar queso azul sobre las ensaladas.
b. desmigajar
Chloe crumbled some bread on top of her soup.Chloe desmigajó un poco de pan encima de su sopa.
c. desmigar
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Crumble the fish, taking care to remove the bones.Desmigar el pescado, teniendo cuidado de quitar las espinas.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to fall apart)
a. desmoronarse
As the firefighters were working in the place, a wall crumbled.Mientras los bomberos trabajaban en el lugar, se desmoronó una pared.
b. venirse abajo
The building is crumbling for lack of maintenance.El edificio se está viniendo abajo por falta de mantenimiento.
c. desmigajarse
The bun of my burger crumbled too easily.El pan de mi hamburguesa se desmigajó demasiado fácilmente.
d. desmenuzarse
Sandy soils crumble easily.Las tierras arenosas se desmenuzan fácilmente.
3. (to fail)
a. derrumbarse
The center-left alliance crumbled, paving the way for the right's victory.La alianza de centro-izquierda se derrumbó y así allanó el camino para el triunfo de la derecha.
b. desmoronarse
His aspiration to become president crumbled after the Iowa caucuses.Su aspiración de convertirse en presidente se desmoronó después de las primarias de Iowa.
c. caerse
The coalition crumbled, resulting in six more years of war.La coalición se cayó, lo que resultó en seis años más de guerra.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (culinary)
a. el crujiente
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Tina served a cherry crumble for dessert.Tina sirvió un crujiente de cereza de postre.
b. el crumble
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Apple crumble is easy to make and everyone loves it.El crumble de manzana es fácil de hacer y le gusta a todo el mundo.
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fall apart
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. (to break into pieces)
a. deshacerse
The book was so old that it fell apart in my hands.El libro era tan viejo que se deshizo en mis manos.
The sandcastle the kids made is falling apart.El castillo de arena que hicieron los niños se está deshaciendo.
b. caerse a pedazos
Buy yourself some new boots. Those are about to fall apart.Cómprate unas botas nuevas. Esas se van a caer a pedazos.
2. (to become ineffective)
a. desmoronarse
There were so many divisions within the party that it was falling apart.Había tantas divisiones dentro del partido que este se estaba desmoronando.
b. fracasar
The couple's marriage fell apart because they were totally unsuited to each other.El matrimonio de la pareja fracasó porque eran totalmente incompatibles.
c. venirse abajo
The project fell apart due to lack of funds.El proyecto se vino abajo debido a la falta de fondos.
3. (to become emotionally undone)
a. derrumbarse
Losing his job was the last straw, and he fell apart.Cuando perdió su trabajo, esa fue la gota que colmó el vaso, y se derrumbó.
b. desmoronarse
Don fell apart when Janice left him.Don se desmoronó cuando Janice lo dejó.
c. venirse abajo
Don't fall apart now that you've come so far.No te vengas abajo ahora que ya has recorrido tanto camino.
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