hacer de

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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. (film, theater, television)
a. to play
Mi hija hará de ángel en la función navideña de la escuela.My daughter will play an angel at the school's Christmas performance.
b. to play the part of
Liz Taylor hizo de Cleopatra en la película de Mankiewickz estrenada en 1963.Liz Taylor played the part of Cleopatra in Mankiewicz movie released in 1963.
2. (to do for)
a. to serve as
Mi dormitorio hace también de despacho durante el día.My bedroom serves also as my office during the day.
b. to be used as
Tras el tsunami, el estadio hizo de centro de acogida.After the tsunami, the stadium was used as a reception center.
c. to do as
El paraguas tendrá que hacer de sombrilla.The umbrella will have to do as a parasol.
3. (to function as)
a. to act as
El barniz hace de escudo protector contra las inclemencias climáticas.The varnish acts as a protective shield against inclement weather.
4. (to have a job as)
a. to work as
Durante el día, hago de camarera en un café y, por la noche, escribo mi novela.I work as a waiter in a café during the day and write my novel at night.
5. (to transform)
a. to make...of
Esa maestra se interesó por mi hijo e hizo de él un buen estudiante.That teacher took an interest in my son and made a good student of him.
b. to make...into
Su hija tiene un don especial para la música. Haré una excelente pianista de ella.Your daughter has a special gift for music. I'll make her into an excellent pianist.
c. to turn...into
Nuestro alcalde ha hecho de esta ciudad un lugar bonito y tranquilo.Our major has turned this city into a beautiful and quiet place.
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