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"Dirigirse a" is a pronominal verb phrase which is often translated as "to walk to", and "hacia" is a preposition which is often translated as "toward". Learn more about the difference between "dirigirse a" and "hacia" below.
dirigirse a(
dee
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ree
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heer
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seh
 
ah
)
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
1. (to move towards)
a. to walk to
Marisa se dirigió lentamente a la puerta.Slowly, Marisa walked to the door.
2. (to talk to)
a. to address
El presidente se dirigió al país desde su despacho.The President addressed the nation from the Oval Office.
b. to contact
Si no recibe su pedido en 7 días, diríjase al servicio de atención al cliente.If you do not receive your order within 7 days, contact Customer Service.
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hacia(
ah
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syah
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A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (indicating direction)
a. toward
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Tenemos que ir ya hacia la salida.We have to go toward the way out.
b. towards (United Kingdom)
Camina hacia la iglesia y vira a la izquierda antes del parque.Walk towards the church and then take a left before the park.
2. (indicating time)
a. about
Acudiré a tu colegio hacia las cinco.I will go to your school about five.
b. around
Llegarán a casa hacia las siete.They will come home around seven.
3. (with regard to)
a. toward
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El comportamiento de los alumnos hacia la nueva profesora es impecable.The students' behavior toward the new teacher is impeccable.
b. towards (United Kingdom)
La actitud de la camarera hacia los clientes era preocupante.The waitress' attitude towards the clients was worrisome.
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