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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (to unwind)
a. to relax
Necesito explayarme unos días en la playa después de todo este trabajo.I need to relax some days at the beach after all this work.
2. (to explain further)
a. to elaborate on
Juliana se explayó sobre el tema de las armas nucleares.Juliana elaborated on the nuclear weapons topic.
b. to expand on
El senador se explayó sobre las consecuencias de aprobar la ley.The senator expanded on the consequences of passing the law.
3. (to extend)
a. to spread
Si no se atiende a tiempo, el bulto puede explayarse.If it's not treated on time, the lump may spread.
4. (to pour one's heart out)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Iker necesitaba explayarse con alguien después de su divorcio.Iker needed get things off his chest after his divorce.
Ya sabes que conmigo puedes explayarte, Lucía.You know you can open up to me, Lucia.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
5. (to expand)
a. to extend
El gobierno planea explayar el programa de apoyo a los refugiados.The government plans to extend the refugee support program.
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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
1. (divertirse)
a. to amuse oneself, to enjoy oneself
2. (hablar mucho)
a. to talk at length
3. (desahogarse)
a. to pour out one's heart
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transitive verb
to extend; expand
pronominal verb
1 (esparcirse) (gen) to relax; take it easy; (en discurso) to speak at length
explayarse a su gusto to talk one's head off (familiar); talk to one's heart's content; explayarse con algn to confide in sb
2 (extenderse) to extend; spread
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