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"In a nutshell" is a phrase which is often translated as "en pocas palabras", and "summarize" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "resumir". Learn more about the difference between "in a nutshell" and "summarize" below.
in a nutshell
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (general)
a. en pocas palabras
And that was my day, in a nutshell. - What a nightmare!Y ese fue mi día, en pocas palabras. - ¡Qué pesadilla!
b. en una palabra
That's Amy, in a nutshell. She's an old soul.En una palabra, así es Amy. Ella es un alma vieja.
c. en resumidas cuentas
And that, in a nutshell, is why the business failed and I'm selling it.Y eso, en resumidas cuentas, es por que el negocio fracasó y lo voy a vender.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to sum up)
a. resumir
She summarized her notes and shared them with her study group.Resumió sus notas y las compartió con su grupo de estudio.
b. hacer un resumen de
Your homework for tomorrow is to summarize the first two chapters of the bookSu tarea para mañana es hacer un resumen de los primeros dos capítulos del libro.
2. (to say briefly)
a. resumir
Federico summarized the key points of the agreement.Federicó resumió los puntos clave del acuerdo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to say briefly)
a. resumir
To summarize, we will hold off on making any decisions until we obtain further data.Para resumir, no vamos a tomar ninguna decisión hasta que no tengamos más información.
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