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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. (to break something)
a. rompió (short or defined period of time)
When the lamp fell over, it broke the glass table.Cuando la lampara cayó, rompió la mesa de vidrio.
b. rompía (long or undefined period of time)
I got rid of that battery-operated toy car. It broke everything in its path.Me deshice del juguete, el cochecito con baterias. Rompía todo en su camino.
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. (it smashed into pieces)
a. se rompió (short or defined period of time)
I don't have my cell phone with me. It broke.No tengo mi teléfono celular conmigo. Se rompió.
b. se rompía (long or undefined period of time)
Every time Rolando tried to sharpen the pencil, it broke.Cada vez que Rolando intentaba afilar la punta del lapíz, se rompía.
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