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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to grumble)
a. quejarse
Why are you always complaining about everything?¿Por qué siempre te andas quejando de todo?
b. protestar
Stop complaining and do something!¡Deja de protestar y haz algo!
2. (to make a complaint)
a. reclamar
Clients were continuously complaining to the manager.Los clientes reclamaban continuamente al encargado.
b. presentar una reclamación
You need to complain in writing.Tienes que presentar una reclamación por escrito.
c. elevar una queja
The attorney complained to the judge.El abogado elevó una queja al juez.
3. (medicine)
a. quejarse
He complained of back pain.Se quejaba de dolor de espalda.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
4. (to grumble about)
a. quejarse
She complained that nobody ever called her.Se quejó de que nadie la llamaba nunca.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (general)
a. quejarse
to complain ofestar aquejado(a) de
she complained that he had cheatedse quejó de que él había hecho trampa
I can't complain about the serviceno tengo queja alguna del servicio
how are things? — I can't complain¿cómo van las cosas? — no me puedo quejar
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complain [kəmˈpleɪn]
intransitive verb
1 (grumble) quejarse;about, of de;to a
to complain that quejarse de que; they complained to the neighbours se quejaron a los vecinos; I can't complain yo no me quejo
2 (make a formal complaint) reclamar;about por;to ante
we're going to complain to the manager vamos a reclamar al director; you should complain to the police tendrías que denunciarlo a la policía
3 (Med)
to complain of quejarse de
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