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"Get by" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "arreglárselas", and "manage" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "dirigir". Learn more about the difference between "get by" and "manage" below.
get by(
geht
 
bay
)
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 cope)
a. arreglárselas
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My salary's not that great, but I get by.Mi sueldo no es lo que se dice astronómico, pero me las arreglo.
b. apañárselas
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
The stores are closed, so we'll have to get by with what's in the fridge.Las tiendas están cerradas, así que tendremos que apañárnoslas con lo que hay en la nevera.
2. (to be acceptable)
a. pasar
Your composition could get by if it weren't for all the spelling mistakes.Tu redacción podría pasar si no fuera por todas las faltas de ortografía.
b. salvarse
The band only gets by thanks to its lead singer's charisma.La banda solo se salva gracias al carisma de su cantante.
c. ser pasable
Peter is not satisfied with just getting by. He wants to be the best at what he does.A Peter no le basta con ser pasable en lo que hace. Quiere ser el mejor.
3. (to make oneself understood)
a. defenderse
Phil can get by in German, which will be a help when we get to Frankfurt.Phil se defiende en alemán, lo que nos va a venir bien cuando estemos en Fráncfort.
4. (to move past)
a. pasar
Excuse me. Could I get by, please?Disculpe. ¿Me deja pasar, por favor?
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
5. (to move past)
a. pasar
The road was too narrow to get by the car in front.La carretera era demasiado estrecha para pasar al auto que tenía delante.
6. (to pass without being noticed)
a. pasar por delante sin ser visto
The janitor was dozing, so they got by him and into the lift.El conserje estaba dando cabezadas, así que ellos pasaron por delante de él sin ser vistos y se metieron en el ascensor.
7. (to go unnoticed)
a. pasarse
I find it hard to believe all those typos that got by me!¡Me cuesta creer que se me pasaran todas esas erratas!
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manage(
mah
-
nihj
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to direct)
a. dirigir
The employees are fed up with the way that the executives manage the company.Los empleados están hartos de la forma en la que los ejecutivos dirigen la empresa.
b. administrar
I know the woman who manages the South American branch of the company.Conozco a la mujer que administra la filial sudamericana de la empresa.
c. gestionar
In his new job, he will manage all information technology operations.En su nuevo cargo, él gestionará todas las operaciones de informática.
2. (to deal with)
a. manejar
I don't know how she manages so many responsibilities, but I admire her for it.No sé cómo maneja tantas responsabilidades, pero la admiro por hacerlo.
3. (to succeed)
a. conseguir
We managed to finish the project without you.Conseguimos terminar el proyecto sin ti.
b. lograr
Despite the rain, I managed to go for a run.A pesar de la lluvia, logré salir a correr.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to cope)
a. arreglárselas
He doesn't need help this time. He'll manage on his own.Él no necesita ayuda esta vez. Se las arreglará por su cuenta.
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