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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 continue)
a. seguir
I don't know how much longer I can go on if I don't get some water soon.No sé cuánto puedo seguir si no consigo agua pronto.
b. continuar
I'm getting tired, but I have to go on and reach the camp before sundown.Me estoy cansando, pero tengo que continuar y llegar al campamento antes del atardecer.
c. durar
Her depression went on for about a year after her miscarriage.Su depresión duró alrededor de un año después de que perdió el embarazo.
2. (to keep on; used with gerund)
a. seguir
Before you go on making jokes about her artwork, I think you should know that it sold for $10,000.Antes de que sigas haciendo chistes sobre su obra, creo que deberías saber que se vendió por $10,000.
3. (to proceed; used with "to")
a. pasar
We are going to go on to the next chapter now.Vamos a pasar al siguiente capítulo ahora.
4. (to be guided by)
a. basarse en
We don't have much to go on, but I think we have enough for an indictment.No tenemos mucho en que basarnos, pero creo que tenemos lo suficiente para formular cargos.
b. guiarse
The only thing the police had to go on was a blurry picture of the kidnapper.Lo único que tenía la policía para guiarse era una foto borrosa del secuestrador.
5. (to approach)
a. tener cerca de
How old is Natalia? - I think she's going on 45.¿Cuántos años tiene Natalia? - Creo que tiene cerca de 45.
b. ser cerca de
It's going on 4 pm and we still don't know if we'll be able to get on the plane.Son cerca de las 4 pm y todavía no sabemos si vamos a poder subirnos al avión.
6. (to fit)
a. entrarle
The baby's feet have grown. These shoes won't go on him any more.Los pies del bebé han crecido. Ya no le entran estos zapatos.
b. colocar
This lid is not the right size. It doesn't go on this jar.Esta tapa no es del tamaño adecuado. No se puede colocar en este frasco.
7. (to happen)
a. pasar
I don't know what's going on over there, but it looks like a fight.No sé qué pasa ahí, pero parece ser una pelea.
b. ocurrir
What's going on here? - Nothing Dad, we're just doing an experiment for science class.¿Qué ocurre? - Nada, papá, sólo estamos haciendo un experimento para la clase de ciencias.
8. (to talk a lot; used with "about")
a. hablar
Sandra is still going on about how she won the contest in school last week.Sandra sigue hablando de cómo ganó el concurso en la escuela la semana pasada.
b. hablar sin parar
I hate people who go on about themselves for hours on end.Detesto a las personas que hablan sin parar de sí mismas durante horas y horas.
9. (theater)
a. salir a escena
Tracy's band goes on at 8 pm.La banda de Tracy sale a escena a las 8 pm.
10. (to switch on)
a. prenderse
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
The lights went on in the theater when the movie ended.Se prendieron las luces en el cine cuando terminó la película.
b. encenderse
The lights on the bridge go on when it gets dark.Las luces en el puente se encienden cuando oscurece.
11. (to board)
a. subirse
I'm not going to go on that roller coaster. It looks scary!No voy a subirme a esa montaña rusa. ¡Me da miedo!
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
12. (to embark on)
a. ir de
We're going to go on a trip this weekend.Nos vamos a ir de viaje este fin de semana.
13. (to use as a lead)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Do you have anything else to go on other than a name?¿Tienes algo más por donde empezar aparte del nombre?
We don't have much to go on at the moment.Por ahora no tenemos muchas pistas.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
14. (encouraging)
a. anda
Go on! Ask her for her phone number.¡Anda! Pídele su número de teléfono.
b. venga
Go on! You can do it.¡Venga! Tú puedes.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
15. (continue; imperative; used to address one person)
a. sigue
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
Go on. You were telling me about the row with Martin.Sigue. Me estabas contando sobre la pelea con Martín.
b. siga
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
Please go on with the idea you were outlining.Por favor siga con la idea que estaba explicando.
16. (continue; imperative; used to address multiple people)
a. sigan (plural)
Go on with the original plan for now, and we'll review the situation later in the week.Sigan con el plan original por ahora, y volveremos a mirar la situación más adelante en la semana.
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go on
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (continue)
a. seguir
b. continuar
as time went on…a medida que pasaba el tiempo…
2. (proceed)
to go on to something/to do somethingpasar a algo/a hacer algo
3. (talk excessively)
a. hablar sin parar, enrollarse
to go on about somethingno parar de hablar de algo, enrollarse con algo
to go on at somebodydar la lata a alguien
4. (happen)
a. pasar, ocurrir
what's going on here?¿qué pasa aquí?
5. (electricity, light, heating)
a. encenderse
b. prenderse
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
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
6. (enter; boat, train)
a. subir a
7. (be guided by)
a. guiarse por
the police have nothing to go onla policía carece de pistas
8. (approach)
she's two going on threetiene dos años, casi tres
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go on
intransitive verb
1 (be guided by) [+evidence] basarse en
there isn't much evidence to go on no hay muchos indicios en los que basarse; no hay muchas pruebas en las que basarse; there's nothing to go on no hay nada en que basarse; what are you going on? ¿en qué te basas?; the police had no clues to go on la policía no tenía pistas que le sirvieran de guía
2 (like)
I don't go much on that eso no me gusta
3 (continue)
to go on doing sth seguir haciendo algo; continuar haciendo algo
4 (approach)
she's going on 50 anda cerca de la cincuentena; va para los cincuenta; Ann's 25 going on 50 Ann tiene 25 años pero parece que tuviera 50
5 (be spent on)
most of their money goes on drink la mayor parte del dinero se les va en bebida
6 (start taking) [+drug] empezar a tomar
she's to go on the pill tiene que empezar a tomar la píldora
1 (fit)
the lid won't go on la tapa no le va; these shoes won't go on no me entran estos zapatos
2 (continue) [+war, talks] seguir; continuar; [+person] (on journey) seguir el camino
I went on up the road and met Philippa seguí carretera arriba y me encontré con Philippa; everything is going on normally todo sigue con normalidad; "so," he went on ... —así es que —continuó; go on! (continue) sigue; continúa; (giving encouragement) ¡venga!; (showing incredulity) ¡no digas bobadas! (informal); ¡anda ya! (informal); ¡venga ya! (informal)
it was in autumn when it happenned" — "go on!" — "well we were walking along ..."
to go on doing sth seguir or continuar haciendo algo; go on, tell me what the problem is! ¡venga, dime cuál es el problema!
Go on, you can do it!
go on with your work sigue con tu trabajo
that'll do to be going on with con eso basta por ahora; I've got enough to be going on with tengo suficiente por el momento
do you mind if I go on sewing while we talk?
go on with you! (showing incredulity) ¡no digas bobadas! (informal); ¡anda ya! (informal); ¡venga ya! (informal)
3 (last) durar
the concert went on until 11 o'clock at night el concierto duró hasta las 11 de la noche; how long will this go on for? ¿cuánto tiempo durará esto?
4 (proceed)
to go on to do sth pasar a hacer algo
after having taught herself Italian, she went on to learn Arabic después de haber aprendido italiano por su cuenta, empezó a estudiar árabe
after having taught herself Italian, she went on to learn Arabic Bob went on to win the final
he went on to say that ... añadió que ...
5 (talk)
he does go on so habla más que siete (informal); no para de hablar
to go on about sth no parar de hablar de algo; dar la tabarra or la matraca con algo (informal)
she's always going on about it nunca para de hablar de eso; siempre está con la misma cantinela (informal); he's always going on about the government (criticize) siempre está echando pestes contra el gobierno (informal); don't go on about it! ¡déjalo ya!; ¡deja ya de dar la tabarra or la matraca con el tema! (informal)
6 (nag)
to go on at sb dar la lata a algn (informal);about con
7 (happen) pasar; ocurrir
it had been going on in her absence había pasado no estando ella
there's something odd going on aquí hay gato encerrado
what's going on here? ¿qué pasa or ocurre aquí?
8 (pass, go by) [+time, years] pasar; transcurrir
9 (come on) [+lights, machine] encenderse; prenderse; (LAm)
10 (Teat) salir (a escena)
11 (Dep)
to go on as a substitute entrar como suplente
12 (behave)
what a way to go on! (pejorative) ¡qué manera de comportarse!
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