be slow

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be slow(
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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 not move quickly)
a. ser lento
Hurry up! God, you're so slow!¡Apúrerne! ¡Dios mío, qué lentos son!
b. ir lento
This is train is slow, but at least it's faster than the bus.Este tren va lento, pero al menos es más rápido que ir en autobús.
c. ir despacio
The traffic is going to be really slow today.Hoy el tráfico va a ir muy despacio.
2. (to be lacking in activity)
a. estar flojo
Business is slow now that all the tourists have left for the season.Los negocios están flojos ahora que se han marchado todos los turistas por la temporada.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
It's already nine o'clock, and it's still slow. I'm going to send two of the waiters home.Ya son las nueve y aún hay poca gente. Voy a mandar a casa a dos de los meseros.
Things are slow during the winter for musicians around here, but in the summer, there's lots of work.Aquí los músicos no tienen mucha actividad en invierno, pero en verano hay mucho trabajo.
3. (to be mentally sluggish)
a. ser lento
Don't give him too many instructions at once. He's kind of slow.No le digas demasiadas instrucciones a la vez. Es un poco lento.
b. ser torpe
When I didn't understand, they looked at me as though they thought I was slow or something.Cuando no entendí, me miraron como si pensaban que era torpe o algo.
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