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"Get back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "volver", and "give back" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "devolver". Learn more about the difference between "get back" and "give back" below.
get back(
geht
 
bahk
)
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 return)
a. volver
When did you get back from your trip?¿Cuándo volviste de tu viaje?
b. regresar
I'm hoping to have dinner ready when my wife gets back from work.Tengo la esperanza de tener la cena lista cuando mi esposa regrese del trabajo.
2. (to go back)
a. volver a ponerse
Our parents told us to get back under the shelter because it was raining.Nuestros padres nos dijeron que volviéramos a ponernos debajo de la marquesina porque estaba lloviendo.
3. (to retreat)
a. retroceder
The policeman told the demontrators to get back.El policía les dijo a los manifestantes que retrocedieran.
b. retirarse
Get back! He's armed!¡Retírense! ¡Está armado!
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
4. (to regain)
a. recuperar
We got back the school flag that our rivals had stolen.Recuperamos la bandera de la escuela que nuestros rivales habían robado.
b. recobrar
The doctor recommended that she rest to get back her strength.El doctor le recomendó que descansara para recobrar su fuerza.
5. (to return)
a. devolver
I have to get this book back to the library before Saturday.Tengo que devolver este libro a la biblioteca antes del sábado.
6. (to put back)
a. volver a poner
I can't reach the shelf. Can you help me get this clock back up there?No puedo alcanzar la estantería. ¿Me ayudas a volver a poner este reloj allí?
7. (to win back)
a. volver con
If you want to get him back, you'll have to mend your ways.Si quieres conseguir que vuelva contigo, tendrás que enmendarte.
b. reconquistar
You'll never get her back now. She's got a new boyfriend.Ya no vas a poder reconquistarla, tiene un nuevo novio.
8.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have revenge on)
a. vengarse de
Don't worry, he's not going to get away with it. I'll get him back later.No te preocupes, que esto no va a quedar así. Me voy a vengar de él más tarde.
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give back(
gihv
 
bahk
)
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 return)
a. devolver
When you're done with that book, give it back.Cuando termines con ese libro, devuélvelo.
2. (to repay)
a. dar en compensación
After he became a millionaire, Andy decided he wanted to give something back to his home town.Después de convertirse en millonario, Andy decidió que quería dar algo en compensación a su ciudad natal.
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
3. (to repay)
a. dar algo a cambio
This community has always supported me; now it's my turn to give back.Esta comunidad siempre me ha apoyado; ahora me toca a mí dar algo a cambio.
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