apoyarse en
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A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to rest on)
a. to lean on
Sentí que me desmayaba y tuve que apoyarme en la pared.I felt like I was fainting and I had to lean on the wall.
b. to lean against
El joven se apoyó en el carro y encendió un cigarrillo.The young man leaned against the car and lighted a cigarette.
2. (to find support in)
a. to rely on
Si las cosas se ponen difíciles, ya sabes que puedes apoyarte en mí.If the going gets rough, you know you can rely on me.
b. to depend on
Mi hija se apoya demasiado en mí. No es capaz de hacer nada sola.My daughter depends too much on me. She's unable to do anything on her own.
c. to seek support from
Cuando murió mi esposo, me apoyé en mis hijos. No sé qué hubiera hecho sin ellos.When my husband died, I sought support from my children. I don't know what I would have done without them.
3. (to be grounded in)
a. to be based on
Mi hipótesis se apoya en argumentos sólidos.My hypothesis is based on solid arguments.
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