A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to run forward)
a. to rush
Los caballeros se abalanzaron sobre la infantería enemiga.The knights rushed toward the enemy infantry.
b. to surge
Los niños se abalanzaron con entusiasmo hacia el camión de helados.The children excitedly surged towards the ice-cream truck.
c. to spring
El paracaidista de salto base se abalanzó al vacío desde lo alto del edificio.The base jumper sprang into the void from the top of the building.
2. (to fall upon)
a. to leap on
Tres jugadores se abalanzaron sobre el balón con la esperanza de mantenerlo en juego.Three players leapt on the ball in hopes of keeping it in play.
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 propel)
a. to throw
Franco abalanzó su cuerpo afuera de la lancha antes de que estrellara contra el buque.Franco threw himself off the motorboat before it crashed against the ship.
b. to hurl
La atleta checa abalanzó la jabalina a una distancia de más de 80 metros para ganar la medalla de oro en los Juegos Olímpicos de este año.The Czech athlete hurled the javelin a distance of more than 80 meters to win the gold medal at this year's Olympics.
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (general)
abalanzarse haciato rush toward
abalanzarse sobreto pounce on
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transitive verb
1 (lanzar) to hurl; throw
2 (impeler) to impel
3 (pesar) to weigh
4 (equilibrar) to balance
pronominal verb
1 (lanzarse) to rush forward; [+multitud] to surge forward
todos se abalanzaron hacia la salida everyone rushed towards the exit; abalanzarse sobre to spring at; rush at; [+ave] to pounce on
se abalanzaron los amantes
2 (S. Cone) [+caballo] to rear up
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