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"Dejar de" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to stop", and "acabar de" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "just". Learn more about the difference between "dejar de" and "acabar de" below.
dejar de(
deh
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hahr
 
deh
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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 cease)
a. to stop
Deja de quejarte.Stop complaining.
b. to quit
¿Ya dejaron de trabajar en ese proyecto?Did they quit working on that project yet?
c. to give up
Dejé de fumar hace un año.I gave up smoking a year ago.
dejarse de
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to cease doing or resorting to something)
a. to stop
Déjate de niñerías y compórtate como el adulto que se supone que eres.Stop being childish and behave like the adult you're supposed to be.
Déjate de soltar insinuaciones y habla claro.Stop making insinuations and talk plainly.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Déjate de cuentos. No hay excusa que valga para lo que hiciste.Cut all the crap. There's no excuse whatsoever for what you did.
Dejémonos de cumplidos, estamos en familia.Let's not stand on ceremony here. We're family.
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acabar de(
ah
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kah
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bahr
 
deh
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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. (used to express immediate action)
a. just (adverb)
Me acabo de dar cuenta de que se me quedaron las llaves en casa.I just realized I left my keys at home.
2. (to complete)
a. to finish
Cuando acabes de comer, lava los platos.When you finish eating, do the dishes.
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