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"Enfrentarse a" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to face", and "con" is a preposition which is often translated as "with". Learn more about the difference between "enfrentarse a" and "con" below.
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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. (to brave)
a. to face
En las novelas de aventuras, el héroe se enfrenta a un peligro tras otro y sale siempre victorioso.In adventure stories, the hero faces danger after danger and he's always victorious.
b. to face up to
Mis hijos viven en un mundo de fantasía, pero al final tendrán que enfrentarse a la realidad.My children live in a fantasy world, but they'll eventually have to face up to reality.
2. (to fight against or oppose)
a. to confront
Mi abuela quería ser actriz y tuvo que enfrentarse a toda su familia para conseguirlo.My grandmother wanted to be an actress and she had to confront her whole family to become one.
b. to come up against
En este lugar, el ejército cartaginés se enfrentó al ejército romano en una de las batallas más cruentas de la historia.In this place, the Carthaginian army came up against the Roman army in one of the blodiest battles in history.
c. to clash with
Lo despidieron porque se enfrentó abiertamente a uno de sus jefes.He was fired because he openly clashed with one of his bosses.
d. to face
A mí ya no me quedan fuerzas para seguir enfrentándome a él y a sus celos, y he decidido dejarlo.I don't have any strength left to continue facing him and his jealousy, and have decided to leave him.
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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 manner)
a. with
Los contenidos de esa caja son frágiles. Manipula con cuidado.The contents of that box are fragile. Handle it with care.
Sin mis lentes, leo con mucha dificultad.Without my glasses, I read with great difficulty.
2. (indicating instrument)
a. with
Corta el pan con un cuchillo.Cut the bread with a knife.
3. (indicating accompaniment)
a. with
Para la cena, vamos a tener pollo con vegetales.For dinner, we're going to have chicken with vegetables.
Voy a cenar con mis padres.I'm going to have dinner with my parents.
4. (despite)
a. in spite of
Con todo lo que ha pasado, sigue siendo optimista.In spite of all she has been through, she's still an optimist.
5. (toward)
a. to
La cajera fue muy grosera con nosotros.The cashier was very rude to us.
6. (with decimals)
a. point
¿Quién me puede decir el producto de tres con cinco por dos?Who can tell me the product of three point five multiplied by two?
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