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"Un poco" is a phrase which is often translated as "a little", and "limpiar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to clean". Learn more about the difference between "un poco" and "limpiar" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (not a big amount)
a. a little
¿Le pones azúcar al café? - Solo ponle un poco.Do you want sugar in your coffee? - Just add a little.
b. some
Ha sobrado un poco. Lo podemos cenar esta noche.There's some left. We can have it for dinner tonight.
c. a bit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
La conocía un poco del colegio.I knew her a bit from school.
2. (not excessively)
a. a little
¿Te sentó mal lo que te dijo? - Un poco.Were you hurt by what she said? - A little.
b. a bit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
¿Todavía te duele la cabeza? - Un poco, pero ya me siento mejor.Does your head still hurt? - A bit, but I'm feeling better now.
3. (fairly)
a. a little
Estoy un poco cansado, así que me voy a dormir la siesta.I'm a little tired, so I'm going to have a siesta.
b. a bit
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Es un poco tarde para llamar, ¿no crees?It's a bit late to call, don't you think?
4. (to a certain extent)
a. partly
Al final no se lo dije. Un poco porque pensé que no era el momento.I didn't tell him in the end. Partly because I thought it wasn't the right time.
b. a little
Es un poco lo que pasó en España también.It's a little like what happened in Spain too.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to make clean)
a. to clean
Hay que limpiar el baño, está asqueroso.We need to clean the bathroom. It is disgusting.
b. to clean up
¿Puedes limpiar tu cuarto?Can you clean up your room?
c. to wipe off (with cloth)
Hay que limpiar la mesa antes de que vengan los invitados.The table needs to be wiped off before the guests arrive.
d. to polish (shoes)
Necesito limpiar mis zapatos antes de la boda.I need to polish my shoes before the wedding.
e. to cleanse (skin)
Esta loción limpia la piel sin secarla.This lotion cleanses the skin without drying it out.
2. (to remove)
a. to clear
Limpiaron el patio de nieve.They cleared the patio of snow.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to do housework)
a. to clean
Me pasé el sábado limpiando.I spent Saturday cleaning.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (to make clean)
a. to clean
Límpiate las manos con agua y jabón.Clean your hands with soap and water.
b. to wipe (with cloth)
Límpiate la boca con una servilleta.Wipe your mouth with a napkin.
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