llegar a

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llegar a(
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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 reach a place)
a. to get to
A este paso, vamos a llegar a la casa de Mauricio a la medianoche.At this pace, we're going to get to Mauricio's house at midnight.
b. to arrive at
Nuestro vuelo llegó al aeropuerto de Helsinki a las 2 pm.Our flight arrived at the Helsinki airport at 2 pm.
c. to arrive in
El "Concorde" fue el último barco en llegar a Rotterdam antes de que cerraran el puerto.The "Concorde" was the last ship to arrive in Rotterdam before they closed down the port.
d. to arrive to
Paremos en la tienda a comprar una botella de vino. No quiero llegar a la fiesta con las manos vacías.Let's stop at the convenience store to buy a bottle of wine. I don't want to arrive to the party empty-handed.
2. (to get to be)
a. to become
Espero llegar a ser presidente algún día.I hope to become president one day.
b. to make it to
No solo quiero llegar a los 80, si no que quiero llegar en buena salud.I not only want to make it to 80, but I want to make it in good health.
c. to come to
Tras interrogar al sospechoso por horas, ambos detectives llegaron a la misma conclusión: el tipo era inocente.After interrogating the suspect for hours, both detectives arrived to the same conclusion; the guy was innocent.
3. (used to indicate distance or level)
a. to reach
La llave cayó en ese hoyo y no puedo llegar a ella.The key fell into that hole and I can't reach it.
b. to come up to
Estábamos en un pantano, y el lodo nos llegaba a las rodillas.We were in a swamp, and the mud came up to our knees.
c. to touch
Los pantalones de tu traje no deberían tocar el piso.The pants of your suit shouldn't touch the floor.
4. (to amount to)
a. to come to
¿Crees que Julio y Mariana terminen? - No. No creo que llegue a eso.Do you think Julio and Mariana will break up? - No. I don't think it will come to that.
b. to reach
Se proyecta que el próximo año la deuda nacional llegará a un trillón de dólares.The national debt is projected to reach one trillion dollars next year.
c. to be
Dependiendo del seguro que tenga, una cirugía de rodilla puede llegar a ser muy costosa.Depending on the insurance you have, a knee surgery can be very costly.
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