A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to tighten)
a. to screw in (screw)
Para enroscar las tuercas de la rueda, use una llave.Use a wrench to screw in the screws of the tire.
b. to screw on (lid)
Enrosca la tapa en la botella antes de que se escape el gas.Screw the lid on the bottle or the gas will leak out.
2. (to roll up)
a. to coil
El marinero enroscó la cuerda alrededor del poste de amarre para asegurar el bote al muelle.The sailor coiled the rope around the mooring post to secure the boat to the dock.
b. to wind
No sé usar esta máquina de coser. ¿Me puedes ayudar a enroscar el hilo en la bobina?I don't know how to use this sewing machine. Can you help me wind the thread around the bobbin?
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to twist around)
a. to coil up
La serpiente se me enroscó alrededor de la pierna pero no me mordió.The snake coiled up round my leg but didn't bite me.
b. to coil around
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
El estandarte se enroscó en el asta, y no se veía qué decía.The flag coiled around the flagpole and we couldn't see what it said.
c. to coil round (United Kingdom)
En el jardín, hay una enredadera que se enroscó alrededor del farol.In the garden, there's a climbing plant that coiled round the lamppost.
4. (to huddle oneself)
a. to curl up
El gato se enroscó dentro de la caja y se durmió.The cat curled up inside the box and slept.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (tuerca)
a. to screw in
2. (tapa)
a. to screw on
3. (enrollar)
a. to roll up
4. (cuerpo, cola)
a. to curl up
transitive verb
1 (poner) [+tapón] to screw on; [+tornillo] to screw in
el tapón se enrosca girando hacia la derecha
2 [+cable, manguera] to coil
pronominal verb
enroscarse [+serpiente] to coil up; [+gato] to curl up
la manguera se le enroscó en la pierna the hose coiled round his leg
el gato / mi hermana se enroscó junto a la chimenea y estuvo durmiendo durante horas
la serpiente se enroscaba alrededor del árbol the snake coiled round the tree
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