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echar un vistazo
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to peek)
a. to have a look
Aunque no vayamos a comprar nada, ¿por qué no entramos de todos modos en la tienda a echar un vistazo?Even if we're not buying anything, why don't we go into the store anyway to have a look?
b. to take a look
¿Apagaste el gas? - No estoy segura, echaré un vistazo por si acaso.Did you turn the gas off? - I'm not sure. I'll take a look just in case.
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
2. (to peek at)
a. to have a look at
Antes de darte mi opinión, me gustaría echarle un vistazo al contrato.Before telling you what I think, I'd like to have a look at the contract.
b. to take a look at
¿Por qué no echas un vistazo a la cartelera de cine, por si hay alguna película que quieras ver?Why don't you take a look at the cinema billboard, in case there's any movie you want to see?
c. to glance at
Eché un vistazo a la cubierta del libro que la chica estaba leyendo, para ver cuál era.I glanced at the cover of the book the girl was reading, to see which one it was.
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