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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to blend)
a. to come together
Simbolismo y realismo se combinan en este cuadro produciendo un efecto inquietante.Symbolism and realism come together in this painting to create a disturbing effect.
2. (to join forces)
a. to get together
Mis amigos y familiares se combinaron para hacerme una fiesta sorpresa.My friends and family got together to throw me a surprise party.
b. to work together
Los dos jugadores se combinaron en una jugada maestra que acabó en gol.The two players worked together in a master play that ended in goal.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to blend)
a. to combine
La última novela del escritor combina fantasía y humor a la perfección.The writer's latest novel combines fantasy and humor to perfection.
b. to mix
Para darle un sabor más exótico, puedes combinar distintas especias.In order to achieve a more exotic flavor, you can mix different spices.
4. (to join)
a. to combine
Los dos gigantes informáticos anunciaron su decisión de combinar recursos en su carrera hacia el progreso.The two computer giants announced their decision to combine resources in their race towards progress.
5. (to harmonize)
a. to put together
Si combinas ese negro con ese amarillo, te verás como un taxi.If you put that black and that yellow together, you'll look like a taxi.
b. to match
A mí no me parece buena idea combinar las cortinas con el papel de la pared.I don't think it's a good idea to match the curtains with the wallpaper.
c. to coordinate
Nunca es tarde para aprender a combinar los complementos.It's never too late to learn how to coordinate accessories.
d. to wear
Lo bueno de este suéter es que lo puedes combinar prácticamente con todo.The good thing about this sweater is that you can wear it with practically anything.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
6. (to harmonize with; often used with "con")
a. to go with
¿Crees que el azul combina con el negro? - Depende.Do you think blue goes with black? - It depends.
b. to match
A mí me parece que esa bufanda no combina con el abrigo.I don't think that scarf matches your coat.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (mezclar)
a. to combine
combina lo práctico con lo baratoit is both practical and cheap
2. (bebidas)
a. to mix
3. (colores)
a. to match
4. (planificar)
a. to arrange, to organize
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (colores, ropa)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
combinar conto go with
no tengo nada que combine con estos pantalonesI haven't got anything to go o that goes with these trousers
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transitive verb
1 [+esfuerzos, movimientos] to combine; [+colores] to match; mix
2 [+plan, proyecto] to devise; work out
pronominal verb
1 [+personas] to get together; join together
combinarse para hacer algo to get o join together to do sth
2 (México) (alternarse) to take it in turns
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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