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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (poner frente a frente)
a. to bring face to face
2. (hacer frente a)
a. to confront, to face
enfrentan el futuro con inquietudthey face the future with unease
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
enfrentarse ato confront, to face
se enfrentó a su enfermedad con valorshe faced up to her illness bravely
nos enfrentamos al enemigowe confronted the enemy
4. (dos bandos)
a. to meet, to clash
los dos equipos se enfrentarán por el campeonatothe two teams will play each other for the championship
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transitive verb
1 (enemistar) to set against
la herencia enfrentó a los dos hermanos the inheritance set the two brothers against each other o at loggerheads
2 (afrontar) [+dificultad] to face (up to); confront; [+realidad] to face (up to)
tienes que enfrentar el problema you have to face (up to) o confront the problem
3 (encarar)
este partido enfrentará a los dos mejores tenistas this match will bring together the two best tennis players; this match will bring the two best tennis players face to face
pronominal verb
1 (pelear) [+personas] to have a confrontation; [+equipos] to face each other
Juan y su padre se enfrentaron durante la comida Juan and his father had a confrontation over lunch; hoy se enfrentan el Madrid y el Barcelona today Madrid and Barcelona are facing each other
enfrentarse a o con
[+persona] to confront
a pesar de inferioridad numérica, decidieron enfrentarse a las tropas rusas
se enfrentó a sus secuestradores he confronted his kidnappers; se enfrentaron al enemigo they faced o confronted the enemy; la selección de España se enfrentó a la de Italia the Spanish team came up against o faced the Italian team
[+problema, dificultad] to face (up to); confront
se niega a enfrentarse a la realidad he refuses to face (up to) reality; hay que enfrentarse con el peligro we have to face up to the danger
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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