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"Ellos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "they", and "jugar" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to play". Learn more about the difference between "ellos" and "jugar" below.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (third person plural)
a. they (subject)
¿Ellos van a venir a cenar?Are they coming to dinner?
b. them (after prepositions)
Si confías en ellos, dales las llaves.If you trust them, give them the keys.
c. them (in comparisons)
Mi hermano y yo somos tan altos como ellos.My brother and I are as tall as them.
d. theirs (after "de" to show possession)
Esta ropa es de ellos.These clothes are theirs.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to engage in recreation)
a. to play
Los alumnos pasaron toda la tarde jugando.The students spent the whole afternoon playing.
2. (to participate in a game)
a. to play
¿Alguien quiere jugar al tenis conmigo?Does anybody want to play tennis with me?
Me gusta jugar al bingo por el dinero.I love playing Bingo for money.
3. (to trifle with; used with "con")
a. to play with
No juegues con mi corazón.Don't play with my heart.
4. (games)
a. to move
Le toca jugar a la ficha amarilla.The yellow piece has to move.
5. (to play for money)
a. to gamble
Se pierde todo el sueldo jugando en la tragaperras.He loses his whole salary gambling on slot machines.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (to gamble)
a. to bet
Fue un error jugar todo mi dinero en un solo caballo.It was a mistake to bet all my money on one horse.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to put at stake)
a. to bet
Me juego una cena a que volverás.I bet you a dinner that you'll be back.
b. to stake
Me estoy jugando mi carrera por esa creencia.I'm staking my career on that belief.
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