estarse atento a

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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
1. (to be perceptive of)
a. to pay attention to
Tú lo único que tienes que hacer en clase es estarte atento a lo que dice el profesor.The only thing you have to do in class is to pay attention to what the teacher says.
2. (to be vigilant of)
a. to watch out for
Hoy debería llegar una carta certificada, así que estate atento al cartero, por favor.A registered letter should arrive today. So, watch out for the mailman, please.
b. to listen out for (sounds)
Para saber de qué andén sale su tren, tiene que estarse atento a los anuncios de megafonía.To know what platform your train will be leaving from, you have to listen out for the PA system announcements.
c. to keep an eye on
Tenemos que estarnos atentos a la hora y apagar el horno en 20 minutos.We have to keep an eye on the time and turn off the oven in 20 minutes.
estar atento a
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
3. (to be perceptive of)
a. to pay attention to
Estén atentos a lo que digo porque luego les voy a preguntar. - Sí, señorita.Pay attention to what I say because I'll ask you about it later. - Yes, Miss.
b. to be attentive to
El líder del partido es un buen orador. El público siempre está atento a lo que dice.The party's leader is a good speaker. The audience is always attentive to what he says.
4. (to be vigilant of)
a. to watch out for
Estamos ya en la reserva. Estén atentos a cualquier cartel anunciando una gasolinera.We're already on the reserve tank. Watch out for a gas station sign.
b. to listen out for (sounds)
El cazador estaba atento a cualquier sonido proveniente de la maleza.The hunter was listening out for any sounds coming from the undergrowth.
c. to keep an eye on
Tenemos que estar atentos a la pantalla porque anunciarán nuestro vuelo de un momento a otro.We have to keep an eye on the screen because they'll announce our flight any minute now.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Estén atentos por si ven al abuelo, que dijo que nos esperaba aquí.Be on the lookout for grandpa. He said he'd be waiting for us here.
Cuando manejas, tienes que estar atento a las imprudencias de los demás conductores.When you're driving, you have to be on the alert for other drivers' recklessness.
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