echar en falta
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to long for)
2. (to notice the absence of)
a. to miss
Me dejé el paraguas en la cafetería, pero no lo eché en falta hasta que se puso a llover.I left my umbrella in the café, but I didn't miss it until it started to rain.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Eché en falta la cartera cuando fui a pagar.I noticed my wallet was missing when I was going to pay.
No echamos en falta la llave hasta que estuvimos en la puerta.We didn't realize the key was missing until we were at the door.
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echarse en falta
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
3. (to be longed for)
4. (to be necessary)
a. to be needed
Lo que se echa en falta en esta terraza es una sombrilla.What's needed in this terrace is a parasol.
b. to be missing
El barrio es tranquilo y bonito, pero se echa en falta un buen supermercado.The neighborhood is quiet and beautiful, but what's missing is a good supermarket.
c. not to go amiss
El cuadro es bonito, aunque se echa en falta un poco de originalidad.The painting is beautiful, although a bit more originality wouldn't go amiss.
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