keep afloat
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keep afloat
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
1. (to continue floating)
a. mantenerse a flote
Despite the damage, the boat managed to stay afloat in the storm.A pesar de los daños, el bote logró mantenerse a flote en la tormenta.
2. (to continue functioning)
a. mantenerse a flote
The organization needs a constant flow of donations to keep afloat.La organización necesita un flujo constante de donaciones para mantenerse a flote.
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
3. (to cause to continue floating)
a. mantener a flote
We must repair the hole in the hull immediately to keep the ship afloat.Hay que reparar el agujero en el casco de inmediato para mantener el barco a flote.
4. (to cause to continue functioning)
a. mantener a flote
The government bailout kept the corporation afloat.El rescate del gobierno mantuvo la corporación a flote.
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