dedicarse a
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dedicarse a(
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A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to be employed as)
a. to do for a living
Se dedique a lo que se dedique en el futuro, seguro que lo hará bien, porque es una niña muy inteligente.Whatever she does for a living in the future, I'm sure she'll do it well, because she's a very intelligent child.
b. to work as
Mi madre se dedicó toda la vida a la enseñanza.My mother worked as a teacher all her life.
c. to be
Mi marido y mis hijos se dedican a la construcción.My husband and my sons are builders.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Yo me dedico a la restauración de muebles antiguos.I restore antique furniture for a living.
Mi hermana siempre quiso dedicarse a la carpintería.My sister always wanted to be a carpenter.
2. (to pass time)
a. to devote oneself to
Desde que se jubiló, se dedica a cuidar de sus nietos.Since she retired, she's devoted herself to looking after her grandchildren.
b. to spend one's time
En lugar de buscarse un trabajo o hacer algo útil, se dedica a hacer el tonto.Instead of looking for a job or doing something useful, she just spends her time messing around.
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