contestar
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contestar(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to respond to)
a. to answer
¿Por qué no contestas la pregunta?Why don't you answer the question?
b. to reply to
Sería bonito que me contestaras las cartas alguna vez.It would be nice if you'd reply to my letters sometime.
2. (to retort)
a. to talk back
No puedo salir a jugar por una semana porque le contesté a mi mamá.I can't go out to play for a week because I talked back to my mom.
b. to answer back
Ese chico maleducado siempre anda contestando a los maestros.That rude boy is always answering back to the teachers.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to dissent)
a. to protest
Los estudiantes universitarios contestaron para mostrar su desacuerdo con el alza de las cuotas.The university students protested to show their disagreement with the fee hike.
4. (to respond)
a. to answer
¿Por qué nunca contestas cuando te llamo?Why don't you ever answer when I call you?
b. to reply
Estoy intentando comunicarme con la base pero no contestan.I'm trying to communicate with the base, but there's no reply.
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contestar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (responder)
a. to answer
contestar a una preguntato answer a question
contestó que sí/que nohe said yes/no
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (responder)
a. to answer
no contestanthere's no reply o answer
3. (con insolencia)
a. to answer back
¡no contestes a tu madre!don't answer back to your mother!
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contestar
transitive verb
1 (responder) to answer; reply; [+saludo] to return
contesté todas las preguntas I answered all the questions; contestar al teléfono to answer the telephone; contestar una carta to reply to a letter; le pregunté que si vendría y contestó que sí I asked him if he would come and he replied that he would
no supo contestar a mi pregunta no me contestó nada le contesté que no sabía nada me contestó que no lo haría ha contestado que no a todas sus preguntas le preguntaron si la conocía y contestó que sí hace varios días que no contesta al teléfono lo único que hacía en la oficina era contestar al teléfono
2 (replicar) to answer back
no le contestes así a tu madre don't answer your mother back like that; don't talk back to your mother like that
3 (Jur) to corroborate; confirm
intransitive verb
1 (responder) to answer; reply
abstenerse de contestar to make no reply; no contestan there's no reply o answer
le pregunté y no quiso contestar me contesto con un "no" rotundo llamé varias veces pero no contestaba nadie le escribí pero no me ha contestado ¡a mí no me contestes! contestó de mala manera a su padre a mí no me contestes de mala manera
2 (Política) to protest
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