go about

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go about(
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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 continue as normal)
a. ocuparse de
There is nothing to see here. Go about your business.No hay nada que ver aquí. Ocúpate de tus asuntos.
2. (to deal with)
a. ponerse a hacer
Stephen wants to be an astronaut when he grows up, but he has no idea how to go about doing it.Stephen quiere ser astronauta cuando crezca, pero no tiene idea de cómo ponerse a hacerlo.
b. abordar
I spoke with my father for advice on how to go about the problem.Hablé con mi padre para pedir consejos sobre como abordar el problema.
c. emprender
It is time to go about the work of looking for a new job.Es hora de emprender la tarea de buscar un empleo nuevo.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
How do I go about renting an apartment in this city?¿Cómo se hace para rentar un departamento en esta ciudad?
I have no idea how to go about moving to a new country.No tengo ni idea de lo que se tiene que hacer para mudarse a otro país.
3. (to circulate around) (United Kingdom)
a. circular por
Scott is enjoying going about town in his new car.Scott está disfrutando de circular por la ciudad en su nuevo coche.
b. andar por
Adam went about the park collecting bottles and cans to recycle.Adam andaba por el parque recolectando botellas y latas para reciclar.
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
4. (nautical)
a. virar
The skiff went about just in time to avoid a collision.El esquife viró justo a tiempo para evitar una colisión.
5. (to circulate) (United Kingdom)
a. circular
London traffic makes it difficult to go about at this time of day.El tráfico de Londres dificulta circular a esta hora del día.
b. andar por ahí
People are going about and they have no idea about the plot the police just foiled.La gente está andando por ahí y no tienen ni idea del complot que la policía acaba de frustrar.
c. correr
Did you hear the joke that is going about regarding Angela?¿Oíste la broma que está corriendo sobre Ángela?
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go about
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (circulate; person)
a. ir por ahí
2. (rumor)
a. correr
there's a bug going abouthay un virus por ahí suelto
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. (travel; country)
a. viajar por
4. (tackle; task)
a. abordar
to go about doing somethingponerse a hacer algo
how do I go about getting a license?¿qué hay que hacer para conseguir un permiso?
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go about
intransitive verb
1 (move around)
he goes about the house with no clothes on anda or va por la casa desnudo
2 (set to work on) [+task] emprender; [+problem] abordar
how does one go about joining? ¿qué hay que hacer para hacerse socio?; he knows how to go about it sabe lo que hay que hacer; sabe cómo hacerlo
3 (busy o.s. with)
to go about one's business ocuparse de sus cosas
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
1 (circulate) [+news, rumour] correr; circular; [+virus] rodar
there's a rumour going about that they're getting married corre or circula el rumor de que se van a casar; there's a bug going about hay un virus por ahí rondando; he goes about in a Rolls se pasea por ahí en un Rolls; to go about barefoot/in torn jeans ir descalzo/con unos vaqueros rotos
chimpanzees go round in groups
you shouldn't go about bullying people like that? no deberías ir por ahí intimidando a la gente de esa manera
2 (Náut) (change direction) virar
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