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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
2. (to invoke)
a. to appeal to
El representante de la ONG apeló a la buena voluntad de las personas que estaban viendo el programa para que aportaran tanto dinero como pudieran.The NGO representative appealed to the goodwill of the people watching the program to contribute as much money as they could.
3. (to make use of)
a. to resort to
Ana apeló a su ingenio y consiguió salir airosa de la situación.Ana resorted to her ingenuity and managed to come through the situation unscathed.
b. to use all
Nuestro jefe es un hueso duro de roer. Tendrás que apelar a tus dotes persuasivas para convencerle.Our boss is a tough nut to crack. You'll have to use all your persuasive talents to convince him.
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