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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to hit lightly)
a. to tap
El maestro golpeteó el pizarrón con la tiza.The teacher tapped the board with the chalk.
¿Quién me golpeteó en el hombro?Who tapped me on the shoulder?
b. to drum on
El alumno aburrido golpeteaba la mesa con los nudillos.The bored student was drumming on the table with his knuckles.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to hit lightly)
a. to rattle
Ese tornillo suelto sigue golpeteando dentro del motor.That loose screw keeps rattling inside the engine.
b. to patter
La lluvia golpeteaba en el techo.The rain pattered on the roof.
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transitive verb
intransitive verb
(martillear) to drum; tap; (traquetear) to rattle;
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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