leer cuentos

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leer cuentos(
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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
1. (to read narratives)
a. to read stories
A mis hijos les gusta mucho leer cuentos.My children love reading stories.
b. to read short stories
Como no tengo mucho tiempo libre, suelo leer cuentos en lugar de novelas.Since I don't have much free time, I usually read short stories instead of novels.
c. to read tales (children's)
Allí sentados en el desván, leíamos cuentos de príncipes y princesas.Sitting there in the loft, we used to read tales of princes and princesses.
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
2. (to read narratives)
a. to read stories
Cuando era pequeña, mi padre me leía cuentos todas las noches.When I was little, my father used to read stories to me every night.
b. to read short stories
Cuando mi abuelo se quedó ciego, yo le leía cuentos de Alice Munro, su escritora preferida.When my grandfather became blind, I'd read him short stories by Alice Munro, his favorite writer.
c. to read tales (children's)
A mi hijo tenemos que leerle cuentos; si no, no se duerme.We have to read tales to my son; otherwise, he won't go to sleep.
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