estar verde
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estar verde(
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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 be not ripe)
a. to be unripe
¿Cómo puedo saber si un aguacate aún está verde? - Usualmente está duro cuando lo tocas.How can I tell if an avocado is still unripe? - It's usually hard to the touch.
b. to be green
Estas bananas están verdes. No puedes usarlas para hacer pan de banana.These bananas are green. You can't use them to make banana bread.
2. (to be inexperienced)
a. to be green
Lucy aún está demasiado verde. Todavía no le des más responsabilidades.Lucy is still too green. Don't give her more responsibilities yet.
3. (to be recently cut)
a. to be green
La madera es más pesada cuando está verde y acabada de cortar.Wood is heaviest when it's green and freshly cut.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to be hungry)
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
a. to be starving
Estoy verde que me muero. Vayamos a almorzar.I'm starving. Let's go out to lunch.
5. (to be green colored)
a. to be green
Mami, mira, ¡estoy verde como Shrek! - ¿Dónde te metiste, Juanito?Mom, look, I'm green like Shrek! - What did you get into, Juanito?
6. (used in idioms)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Nina me llamó fea. - No le hagas caso, Mónica. Está verde de envidia porque eres más bonita que ella.Nina called me ugly. - Don't listen to her, Monica. She's green with envy because you're prettier than her.
Ramiro está verde de coraje porque tuvo que ir a la oficina en su día libre.Ramiro is super mad because he had to go into work on his day off.
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