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"Get back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "volver", and "go back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "volver". Learn more about the difference between "get back" and "go 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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go back(
go
 
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
I would love to go back to Madrid some day.Me encantaría volver a Madrid algún día.
b. regresar
What time should we go back for dinner?¿A qué hora tenemos que regresar para la cena?
c. regresarse
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I have to go back to the hotel to get my luggage before 6 pm.Tengo que regresarme al hotel para recoger mi equipaje antes de las 6 pm.
2. (to return to a previous time)
a. volver atrás
I acted like such an idiot. I wish I could go back.Me porté como un verdadero imbécil. Ojalá pudiera volver atrás.
b. volverse atrás
They had taken a crucial step, and they knew there was no going back.Habían dado un paso decisivo y sabían que no existía la posibilidad de volverse atrás.
3. (to have common history)
a. conocerse desde hace tiempo
Adam and I go way back. We went to elementary school together.Adam y yo nos conocemos desde hace mucho tiempo. Hicimos juntos la primaria.
4. (to take up in a conversation)
a. volver
To go back to what you were saying about your children, mine do the exact same thing.Volviendo a lo que me decías de tus hijos, los míos hacen exactamente lo mismo.
5. (to be reunited)
a. volver
I don't know why she went back to her girlfriend. She treated her really poorly.No sé por que volvió con su novia. Se portó muy mal con ella.
6. (to date)
a. remontarse
The origins of the castle go back to the 12th century.Los orígenes del castillo se remontan al siglo XXII.
7. (to change time)
a. atrasarse
Do the clocks go back an hour tonight, or tomorrow night?¿Es esta noche cuando se atrasan los relojes una hora, o es mañana por la noche?
8. (to extend)
a. extenderse
This field goes back toward the house.Este campo se extiende hasta la casa.
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