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"Debes" is a form of "deber", a transitive verb which is often translated as "to owe". "Para cuidarte mejor" is a phrase which is often translated as "to take better care of you". Learn more about the difference between "debes" and "para cuidarte mejor" below.
deber(
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behr
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to reciprocate)
a. to owe
El dinero que me debe cubriría mis facturas.The money he owes me would cover my bills.
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
2. (used to express obligation)
a. must (used with an infinitive)
Debo ser responsable.I must be responsible.
b. have to
Ya sabes que debes ponerte la corbata para ir al colegio.You know you have to wear your tie to go to school.
c. should
Los culpables de delitos viales deben ser sancionados.Traffic offenders should be punished.
d. ought to
Deberías ser más amable con los vecinos.You ought to be more polite with our neighbors.
3. (used to express possibility)
a. must (used with an infinitive)
¿Cuántos años tiene tu profesora de francés? - Debe tener unos cuarenta.How old is your French teacher? - She must be around forty.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
4. (responsibility)
a. duty
Es mi deber proteger mi país.It's my duty to protect my country.
b. obligation
Es tu deber como madre cuidar a tus hijos.It's your obligation as a mother to take care of your children.
deberes
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (education)
a. homework
Tengo un montón de deberes que hacer este fin de semana.I have a ton of homework to do this weekend.
deberse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (to be the result of; used with "a")
a. to be due to
Esta situación se debe a la falta de información.This situation is due to a lack of information.
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para cuidarte mejor
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
a. to take better care of you
Mientras estés enfermo, me quedaré en tu casa contigo para cuidarte mejor.While you're ill, I'll stay at your place with you to take better care of you.
b. to look after you better
Tu madre se sacrificó mucho por ti. Cuando naciste, dejó el trabajo para cuidarte mejor.Your mother made a lot of sacrifices for you. When you were born, she left her job to look after you better.
c. to care for you better
Papá, si te trajimos aquí a vivir con nosotros no es para controlarte, sino para cuidarte mejor.Dad, if we brought you here to live with us it's not to control you, but to care for you better.
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