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transitive verb phrase
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.).
1. (to be the duty of)
intransitive verb phrase
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.).
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.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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) ...
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