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A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
1. (to hinder a development)
a. to intervene
La policía se interpuso y separó a los hinchas antes de que hubiera disturbios.The police intervened and separated the fans before a riot break out.
b. to step in
Cuando el director vio a los chicos discutiendo, se interpuso para evitar una pelea.When the principal saw the two boys arguing, he stepped in to prevent a fight.
2. (to be an obstacle)
a. to stand in the way
Laura superó todos los obstaculos que se le interpusieron y se convirtió en la primera mujer piloto.Laura overcame every obstacle that stood in her way and became the first female pilot.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to insert between two things)
a. to interpose
El gobierno interpuso trabas burocráticas para dificultar el trámite de obtención de visa.The government interposed bureaucratic obstacles to hinder the process of getting a visa.
b. to place
La policía interpuso una barrera para impedir que los manifestantes entraran al edificio.The police placed a barrier to prevent the protesters from entering the building.
4. (to enter into a conversation)
a. to interject
Como yo no sabía mucho sobre el tema del que hablaban, solo me limité a interponer un par de comentarios.Since I didn't know much about the topic of the discussion, I just interjected a few remarks.
5. (legal)
a. to bring
El señor Jiménez interpuso una demanda contra su empleador y ganó el juicio.Mister Jimenez brought a lawsuit against his employer and won the case.
b. to lodge
El acusado interpuso una apelación en el tribunal de segunda instancia.The defendant lodged an appeal to the court of appeal.
c. to make
Interpuse una demanda contra mi vecino por invasión de propiedad.I made a complaint against my neighbor for trespassing.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (entre dos cosas)
a. to put o place
b. to interpose
2. (law)
a. to lodge, to make
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
3. (general)
interponerse entreto be placed o situated between
se interponía una barrera entre ellosthere was a barrier between them
interponerse entre dos contendientesto intervene between two opponents
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transitive verb
1 (insertar) to interpose (formal); insert
2 (Jur) [+apelación] to lodge
3 (en discurso) to interpose; interject
pronominal verb
interponerse [+persona] to intervene; [+obstáculo] to stand in the way
no pensamos interponernos we do not intend to intervene; se interpuso en su camino he blocked his path; he stood in his way; se interpuso entre los dos para que no riñeran he came between the two of them to stop them fighting; grandes obstáculos se interponen en la solución del conflicto there are great obstacles standing in the way of a solution to the conflict
un grupo de jóvenes se interpuso en su camino Pulverizaré a quien se interponga en mi camino un exceso de furia se interpuso entre él y el título el satélite de la Tierra se interpone entre esta y el Sol
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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