ganarse la vida

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 earn one's daily bread)
a. to earn a living
Es duro ganarse la vida en tiempos de crisis económica y desempleo elevado.It's hard to earn a living in times of financial crisis and high unemployment.
b. to earn one's living
El tío Pedro se ganaba la vida trabajando en la mina.Uncle Pedro earned his living working in the mine.
c. to make a living
Dora es peruana y se gana la vida como conductora de autobús.Dora is Peruvian and makes a living as a bus driver.
ganar la vida
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
2. (to earn one's daily bread)
a. to earn a living
¿No te quieres ganar la vida y ser independiente?Don't you want to earn a living and be independent?
b. to make a living
No poder trabajar significa no poderse ganar la vida.Not being able to work means not being able to make a living.
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