A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to leave slowly)
a. to go away slowly
Las dos amigas se fueron del brazo por el camino muy despacio, sin parar de platicar.The two friends went away very slowly and arm in arm along the path, talking non-stop.
b. to drive away slowly (vehicle)
El semáforo se puso verde y el pesado camión se fue despacio.The light changed to green, and the heavy truck drove away slowly.
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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
2. (to move slowly)
3. (to make progress slowly)
a. to do slowly
Es mejor que vayamos despacio y lo hagamos paso a paso. Si no, nos vamos a confundir.It'll be best if we do it slowly and take one step at a time. Otherwise we'll make a mistake.
b. to progress slowly (project)
El proyecto va despacio porque el gobierno está poniendo muchas trabas.The project progresses slowly because the government is coming up with all sorts of obstacles.
c. to be slow (recovery)
¿Qué tal se recupera tu hermano de la lesión? - La recuperación va despacio, pero va.How is your brother recovering from his injury? - His recovery is slow, but it's moving along.
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