comportaban
-they were involving
The word comportaban is the imperfect form of comportar in the third person plural.
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comportar

comportar(
kohm
-
pohr
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tahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to imply)
a. to involve
Este curso comporta muchísima dedicación tan solo para aprobar.This course involves a lot of dedication just to even pass.
comportarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (to act)
a. to behave
¿No te enteras de nada? Te emborrachaste y te comportaste como un imbécil.Don't you get anything? You got drunk and behaved like an idiot.
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comportar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (general)
a. to involve, to entail
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
2. (general)
a. to behave
comportarse biento behave (oneself)
comportarse malto behave badly, to misomebodyehave
compórtate o tendré que castigartebehave yourself or I'll have to punish you
comportar
transitive verb
1 (significar) to involve
no comporta obligación alguna it carries no obligation; you are under no obligation
2 (aguantar) to bear; endure; put up with
3 (And) (S. Cone) (causar) to entail; bring with it
pronominal verb
comportarse to behave
comportarse como es debido to behave properly; conduct o.s. in a proper fashion (formal); comportarse mal to misbehave; behave badly
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