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"En" is a preposition which is often translated as "in", and "engancharse" is a pronominal verb which is often translated as "to get hooked". Learn more about the difference between "en" and "engancharse" below.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (indicating place)
a. in
Hay comida ya preparada en el supermercado.There's ready-made food in the supermarket.
b. on
Puedes poner los cubiertos en la mesa. You can put the silverware on the table.
2. (indicating time)
a. on
En 1969, aterrizamos en la luna.In 1969, we landed on the moon.
3. (indicating mode)
a. in
Si un oso te persigue, corre en zigzag.If a bear is chasing you, run in a zig-zag formation.
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to get caught)
a. to get hooked
Mi falda se enganchó con un clavo y se rompió.My skirt got hooked on a nail and tore.
2. (to become an addict)
a. to get hooked
Se enganchó a la cocaína y se metió en muchos problemas.He got hooked on cocaine and got into a lot of trouble.
3. (military)
a. to enlist
Mi padre se enganchó en la marina cuando tenía 18 años.My father enlisted in the Navy when he was 18.
b. to join
Algunos amigos decidieron engancharse en el ejército.Some of my friends decided to join the Army.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to attach)
a. to hook
Después de enganchar la repisa hay que apretar los tornillos.After hooking the shelf you need to tighten the screws.
5. (to attach)
a. to hitch up (vehicle)
Engancharon el auto descompuesto a la grúa.They hitched up the broken-down car to the tow truck.
b. to harness (horse)
El caballerango enganchó los caballos a la carreta.The groom harnessed the horses to the cart.
c. to couple (wagons)
Después de enganchar los vagones, el tren estaba listo para partir.After coupling the wagons, the train was ready to leave.
6. (to hire)
a. to contract
La compañía necesita enganchar algunos trabajadores para la remodelación.The company needs to contract some workers for the remodeling.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to catch)
a. to nab
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Después de una larga persecución, la policía logró enganchar al ladrón.After a long chase, the police was able to nab the thief.
8. (to attract)
a. to hook
La nueva serie de televisión nos enganchó. No podemos dejar de verla.The new TV series hooked us. We can't stop watching it.
b. to rope into
Lo engancharon para que hiciera trabajo voluntario.They roped him into doing volunteer work.
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