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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 stay away from)
a. no pisar
Keep off the grass in front of the house because we've just seeded it.No pisen el pasto delante de la casa porque lo acabamos de sembrar.
b. prohibido pisar
Keep off the green! The grass has to be smooth for the golfers.¡Prohibido pisar el green! El pasto tiene que estar liso para los golfistas.
2. (to not touch)
a. no tocar
I told you to keep your hands off my stuff!¡Te dije que no tocaras mis cosas!
b. no pisar (with feet)
Make sure you keep your feet off the cables on stage so that you don't damage them.Asegúrense de no pisar los cables en la tarima para no hacerles daño.
c. mantener alejado
Cara told the boy to keep his greasy fingers off her laptop.Cara le dijo al niño que mantuviera sus dedos grasosos alejados de su laptop.
3. (to abstain from)
a. evitar
You need to keep off all alcohol while you're taking this medication.Tiene que evitar todo tipo de alcohol mientras esté tomando este medicamento.
4. (to cause to abstain from consuming)
a. no dar
It's important to keep your kids off sweets for the sake of their teeth.Es importante que no les dé caramelos a sus niños por el bien de sus dientes.
b. no dejar tomar
Keep your daughter off solid foods starting 12 hours before the procedure.No deje que su hija tome alimentos sólidos 12 horas antes del procedimiento.
5. (to avoid someone talking about)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
We need to keep uncle Miguel off the subject of his ex; if he starts talking about her, he'll never stop.Tenemos que evitar que el tío Miguel toque el tema de su ex; si empieza a hablar de ella, nunca se detendrá.
You'd better keep them off the topic of the election; it could make for an unpleasant evening.Mejor no dejen que hablen del tema de las elecciones; podría hacer que la noche sea desagradable.
6. (to keep away from)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Keep your children off the field during the game because they could get hurt.No dejen que sus niños salgan al campo durante el partido porque podrían resultar heridos.
With your sensitive skin, you need to be careful to keep the sun off you.Con tu piel sensible, tienes que tener cuidado de mantenerte alejado del sol.
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keep off
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. (general)
a.
k your hands off that!¡no toques eso!
k your hands off me!¡no me toques!
2. (general)
a.
k off the grass!prohibido pisar el césped
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (stay away)
a. mantenerse al margen
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keep off
transitive verb
(keep distant, repel)
put a cloth over it to keep the flies off pon un trapo encima para que no se posen las moscas
they may have kept meat in storage pits covered with stone slabs to keep off scavengers will he be able to keep the weight off? he built a special shelter to keep the sun off
he kept his hat off no se puso el sombrero; keep your hands off! ¡no toques!
verb:transitive:plus_preposition
1 (keep away from)
keep your dog off my lawn no deje que el perro me pise el césped; keep your feet off the grass no pises la hierba; keep your hands off my daughter no toques a mi hija; they want to keep young people off the streets quieren evitar que los jóvenes pierdan el tiempo vagabundeando por las calles; measures to keep people off the unemployment register medidas para que la gente no entre en las listas del paro; he couldn't keep his eyes off her no podía apartar los ojos de ella
2 (prevent from consuming)
I've been told to keep him off processed foods me han dicho que no le de alimentos procesados; keep her off cheese for the next 10 days que no tome queso durante los próximos 10 días
3 (steer away from)
to keep sb off a subject evitar que algn toque un tema; try to keep him off the subject of budgets intenta que no toque el tema de los presupuestos
intransitive verb
1 (stay away from)
keep off my land! ¡fuera de mi propiedad!
keep off the grass prohibido pisar el césped
2 [+food, subject] evitar
keep off politics! ¡no hables de política!
verb:intransitive:plus_adverb
if the rain keeps off si no llueve
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