carry on(
kah
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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
1. (to sustain)
a. continuar con
Why do we carry on the tradition of eating unleavened bread on Passover?¿Por qué continuamos con la tradición de comer el pan ácimo durante la Pascua?
b. seguir con
If you carry on this type of behavior, you will get detention.Si sigues con este tipo de comportamiento, te van a castigar.
2. (to proceed with)
a. mantener
We carried on our conversation on the bus after we got off the plane.Mantuvimos nuestra conversación en el autobús después de bajarnos del avión.
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
3. (to continue)
a. seguir
Please carry on with your work and don't let me disturb you.Por favor, sigue con tu trabajo y no me dejes molestarte.
b. continuar
If we don't make some changes, these issues will carry on forever.Si no hacemos unos cambios, estos problemas continuarán para siempre.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to behave badly)
a. hacer trastadas
Because he kept carrying on in class, the teacher sent him to the principal's office.Como no dejaba de hacer trastadas en clase, el profesor le mandó a la oficina del director.
b. hacer un escándalo
I understand that you're upset, but please, stop carrying on.Entiendo que estés molesto, pero, por favor, deja de hacer un escándalo.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to have an affair)
a. tener un lío
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
When his wife found out he'd been carrying on for years, she asked him for a divorce.Cuando su mujer se enteró de que había tenido un lío por años, le pidió el divorcio.
b. tener una movida
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
Everybody knows they've been carrying on, but nobody will tell her husband.Todos saben que han tenido una movida, pero nadie se lo dirá a su esposo.
c. tener un asunto
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(River Plate)
I carried on for years before deciding that I'd rather be single.Tuve un asunto por años antes de decidir que prefería estar soltero.
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carry on
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
1. (tradition)
a. seguir
2. (business, trade)
a. dirigir, gestionar
3. (correspondence, conversation)
a. mantener
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (continue)
a. continuar, seguir
to c on doing somethingseguir haciendo algo
c on!¡sigue!, ¡adelante!
5. (colloquial)
a. hacer trastadas (behave badly)
I don't like the way she carries onno me gusta su forma de comportarse
6. (colloquial)
a. tener un lío or (have an affair)
b. una movida or
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
c. un asunto (River Plate)
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carry on
transitive verb
1 (continue) [+tradition etc] seguir; continuar
2 (conduct) [+conversation] mantener; [+business, trade] llevar (adelante)
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (continue) continuar; seguir
if you carry on like that si sigues así; we carry on somehow de algún modo vamos tirando; carry on! ¡siga!; (in talking) ¡prosigue!; to carry on doing sth seguir haciendo algo
2 (make a fuss) montar un número (informal); armarla (informal)
to carry on about sth machacar sobre algo; how he carries on! ¡no para nunca!; ¡está dale que dale!; don't carry on so! ¡no hagas tanto escándalo!
3 (have an affair) tener un lío (informal);with sb con algn
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