go back to

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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 return to a habit)
a. volver a
Bert tried out chewing tobacco for a while, but then he went back to cigarettes.Bert probó el tabaco de mascar por un rato, pero después volvió a los cigarrillos.
2. (to begin)
a. remontarse a
This is a tradition that goes back to the 16th century.Esta es una tradición que se remonta al siglo XVI.
3. (to think about the past)
a. retroceder a
If we go back to the 1960s, there were very similar challenges confronting our nation.Si retrocedemos a los años 1960, había dificultades muy similares a las que el país se enfrenta hoy día.
4. (to travel through time)
a. volver atrás
The time travelers tried to go back to the year 1800, but they accidentally went back to 1800 BC!Los viajeros en el tiempo querían volver atrás al año 1800, ¡pero volvieron atrás por accidente al año 1800 aC!
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go back to
intransitive verb
(revert to) volver a
I sold the car and went back to a bicycle vendí el coche y volví a la bicicleta
I don't want to go back to the old system
he went back to his former habits volvió a sus antiguas costumbres; go back to sleep! ¡vuelve a dormir!
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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