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"Write back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "contestar", and "get back" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "volver". Learn more about the difference between "write back" and "get back" below.
write back
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 send a written reply)
a. contestar
Irene began to worry when her fiancee didn't write back from the war.Irene empezó a preocuparse cuando su prometido que estaba en la guerra dejó de contestarle.
b. responder
Eduardo, you still need to write back to your pen pal in the United States.Eduardo, todavía has de responderle a tu amigo por correspondencia de Estados Unidos.
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get back
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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