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"Get ready" is a phrase which is often translated as "prepárate", and "prepare" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "preparar". Learn more about the difference between "get ready" and "prepare" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (imperative; used to address one person)
a. prepárate
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
Get ready, Janet. We're leaving in five minutes.Prepárate, Janet. Nos vamos en cinco minutos.
2. (imperative; used to address multiple people)
a. prepárense (plural)
Hurry up and get ready! We're going to miss the train.¡Dénse prisa y prepárense! Vamos a perder el tren.
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 be prepared)
a. prepararse
You need to get ready; your Spanish test is in two days.Tienes que prepararte, tu examen de español es dentro de dos días.
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 prepare)
a. preparar
Did you have time to get snacks ready for the kids?¿Tuviste tiempo de preparar un refrigerio para los niños?
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make ready)
a. preparar
Prepare your things for school tomorrow.Prepara las cosas para ir mañana al colegio.
2. (to make)
a. preparar
I have to prepare two presentations for this week.Tengo que preparar dos presentaciones para esta semana.
b. redactar
Will you have time to prepare the report for tomorrow?¿Tendrás tiempo de redactar el informe para mañana?
3. (to organize)
a. preparar
I'm preparing a big party for your return.Estoy preparando una gran fiesta para tu regreso.
4. (to be ready)
a. estar preparado
If I were you, I'd prepare myself for the worst.Yo que tú estaría preparada para lo peor.
5. (to teach)
a. preparar
We prepare English students for their official exams.Nos dedicamos a preparar a estudiantes de inglés para exámenes oficiales.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to get ready)
a. prepararse
I'm preparing for the party.Me estoy preparando para la fiesta.
b. hacer los preparativos
They are already preparing for the big event.Ya están haciendo los preparativos para el gran acontecimiento.
7. (to study)
a. prepararse
My son is preparing for the medical school's admission exam.Mi hijo se está preparando para el examen de acceso a la facultad de medicina.
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