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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
1. (to be the duty of)
a. corresponder a
It falls to me to oversee the company's daily operations.Me corresponde gestionar las operaciones diarias de la empresa.
b. tocar a
It always seems to fall to me to wash all the dishes, and I'm getting sick of it.Parece que siempre me toca a mí lavar los platos, y ya estoy harto.
2. (to start)
a. ponerse a
Julia was frustrated and fell to thinking negative thoughts.Julia estaba frustrada y se puso a pensar pensamientos negativos.
b. empezar
The couple fell to arguing, and he ended up walking out.La pareja empezó a discutir, y él terminó saliendo.
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
3. (to begin an acivity)
a. ponerse manos a la obra
The volunteers grabbed tools and fell to, and before we knew it, the shed was built.Los voluntarios se pusieron manos a la obra, y en nada de tiempo, el cobertizo estaba construido.
b. liarse a comer
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
The soldiers were famished and fell to the moment that food was placed in front of them.Los soldados estaban muertos de hambre y se liaron a comer el momento que la comida apareció ante ellos.
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fall to
intransitive verb
1 (begin)
to fall to doing sth empezar or ponerse a hacer algo; he fell to wondering if/to thinking (about) ... empezó a preguntarse si/a pensar (en) ...
2 (be one's duty) corresponder a; tocar a
it falls to me to say ... me corresponde a mí decir ...; the responsibility falls to you la responsabilidad es tuya or recae en ti
(begin working) ponerse a trabajar; (begin eating) empezar a comer
fall to! ¡a ello!; ¡vamos!
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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