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"Work out" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "hacer ejercicio", and "work it out" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "resolverlo". Learn more about the difference between "work out" and "work it out" below.
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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 train)
a. hacer ejercicio
I work out three days a week at the gym.Hago ejercicio tres días a la semana en el gimnasio.
2. (to succeed)
a. salir bien
Fortunately, things worked out for me and Laura.Por suerte, todo salió bien entre Laura y yo.
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
3. (to find a solution to)
a. resolver
My roommate and I need to work things out.Mi compañero de cuarto y yo necesitamos resolver nuestra situación.
4. (to calculate)
a. calcular
Did you work out how much money we need to go to Las Vegas for a week?¿Ya calculaste cuánto dinero necesitamos para ir a Las Vegas por una semana?
5. (to devise)
a. idear
A group of prisoners worked out a plan to escape from jail.Un grupo de prisioneros ideó un plan para escapar de la cárcel.
6. (to understand)
a. entender
I can't work out what the boss wants from me.No entiendo lo que quiere el jefe de mí.
7. (to exhaust)
a. agotar
When the miners worked out the mine, they became unemployed.Cuando los mineros agotaron la mina, se quedaron sin trabajo.
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work it out
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 find a solution)
a. resolverlo
There's one other issue we need to talk about, but we can work it out tomorrow.Hay otro asunto que tenemos que hablar, pero lo podemos resolver mañana.
2. (to calculate it)
a. calcularlo
I've worked it out, and I would have to earn $1000 per week to live in this apartment.Lo he calculado, y tendría que ganar $1000 por semana para vivir en este apartamento.
3. (to understand it)
a. conseguir entenderlo
I still can't work it out. How did they manage to crack the security system?Todavía no consigo entenderlo. ¿Cómo lograron burlar el sistema de seguridad?
4. (to make up)
a. hacer las paces
My girlfriend and I had a bad fight last night, but we eventually worked it out.Mi novia y yo tuvimos una riña bien fuerte anoche, pero al final hicimos las paces.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
5. (make up; used to address more than one person)
a. hagan las paces (plural)
Both of you said some nasty things to each other; now work it.Ustedes dos se dijeron algunas cosas feas uno al otro; ahora hagan las paces.
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