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"Grow old" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "envejecer", and "grow up" is a phrase which is often translated as "madura de una vez". Learn more about the difference between "grow old" and "grow up" below.
grow old(
gro
 
old
)
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. (general)
a. envejecer
Philip wondered what he would look like when he grew old.Philip se preguntó cómo se vería cuando envejeciera.
b. hacerse mayor
Sometimes people tend to isolate themselves when they grow old.A veces las personas tienden a aislarse cuando se hacen mayores.
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grow up(
gro
 
uhp
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (imperative; used to address one person)
a. madura de una vez
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Grow up, will you? You're a bit old to be pouting.Madura de una vez, ¿quieres? Eres muy grande como para estar haciendo pucheros.
2. (imperative; used to address multiple people)
a. maduren de una vez (plural)
Grow up, boys! No one finds your constant disruptions funny.¡Maduren de una vez, chicos! No divierten a nadie con sus interrupciones constantes.
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 spend childhood)
a. crecer
All children should grow up in a safe and loving environment.Todos los niños deben crecer en un ambiente seguro y cariñoso.
b. criarse
I grew up surrounded by a loving family.Me crié rodeado de una familia amorosa.
4. (to reach adulthood)
a. ser mayor
Alexi says he wants to be a dancer when he grows up.Alexi dice que quiere ser un bailarín cuando sea mayor.
b. hacerse mayor
Not everyone goes to college when they grow up.No todos van a la universidad cuando se hacen mayores.
5. (to develop)
a. surgir
Despite being on opposing teams, a genuine friendship grew up between them.A pesar de estar en equipos contrarios, una amistad sincera surgió entre ellos.
b. crecer
The city has really grown up since the last time I was here.La ciudad realmente ha crecido desde la última vez que estuve aquí.
6. (to act in an adult manner)
a. madurar
You need to grow up and get a job.Necesitas madurar y conseguir un trabajo.
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