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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to irk)
a. to bother
¡Mami, Roberto me está molestando! ¡No me deja en paz!Mommy, Roberto is bothering me! He won't leave me alone!
b. to annoy
Me está molestando muchísimo ese ruido.That noise is annoying me no end.
2. (to offend)
a. to upset
Perdona si te han molestado mis comentarios.I am sorry if my comments have upset you.
3. (to interrupt)
a. to disturb
Disculpe que le moleste, pero ¿ya terminó?Sorry to disturb you, but have you finished yet?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to cause pain)
a. to hurt
A mi abuela le molestan los pies al andar.My grandmother's feet hurt when she walks.
5. (to pester)
a. to disturb
Puse el cartel en la puerta para que no molesten por la mañana.I put the sign on the door so that they don't disturb us in the morning.
6. (to be an annoyance)
a. to be a nuisance
No me gustan los niños. Siempre están molestando y haciendo un reguero.I don't like children. They're always being a nuisance and making a mess.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
7. (to get annoyed)
a. to get upset
No se moleste, ha sido sin querer.Don't get upset, I didn't do it on purpose.
b. to take offense
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Mi suegra se molestó por mis comentarios.My mother-in-law took offense at my remarks.
c. to take offence (United Kingdom)
No te molestes, pero no me gusta ese vestido.Don't take offence, but I don't like that dress.
8. (to trouble oneself)
a. to bother
No hace falta que se molesten en recogernos.You don't need to bother to pick us up.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (perturbar)
a. to bother
perdone que le moleste…I'm sorry to bother you…
¿le molesta que fume?do you mind if I smoke?
2. (doler)
me molesta la piernamy leg is giving me a bit of trouble
me molesta un poco la heridamy wound is rather uncomfortable o a bit sore
3. (ofender)
a. to upset
me molestó que no me saludarasI was rather upset that you didn't say hello to me
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
vámonos, aquí no hacemos más que molestarlet's go, we're in the way here
deja ya de molestar con tantas preguntasstop being such a nuisance and asking all those questions
no molestardo not disturb
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
5. (incomodarse)
a. to bother
no te molestes, yo lo harédon't bother, I'll do it
molestarse en hacer algoto bother to do something
molestarse por alguien/algoto put oneself out for somebody/something
6. (ofenderse)
molestarse (por algo)to take offense (at something)
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transitive verb
1 (importunar) to bother; annoy
¿no la estarán molestando, verdad? they're not bothering o annoying you, are they?; no la molestes más con tus tonterías stop pestering o bothering o annoying her with your silly games
2 (interrumpir) to disturb
que no me moleste nadie I don't want to be disturbed by anyone
no lo molestes, que está muy concentrado
siento molestarte, pero necesito que me ayudes I'm sorry to disturb o trouble o bother you, but I need your help
3 (ofender) to upset
espero no haberte molestado I hope I didn't upset you
intransitive verb
1 (importunar) to be a nuisance
quita de en medio, que siempre estás molestando get out of the way, you're always being a nuisance; no quisiera molestar, pero necesito hablar contigo I don't want to bother you o be a nuisance, but I need to talk to you
no molestar (please) do not disturb
me molesta mucho que me hablen así it really annoys o irritates me when they talk to me like that
me molesta tanta falta de educación
ese ruido me molesta that noise is bothering o annoying o irritating me; me molesta el jarrón, ¿puedes apartarlo? the vase is in the way, can you move it?; me molesta tener que repetirlo it annoys me to have to repeat it
2 (incomodar) to feel uncomfortable; bother
me molestan un poco los zapatos/las lentillas las lentillas me molestan un poco
¿te molesta el humo? does the smoke bother you?; me está empezando a molestar la herida the injury is starting to play up (familiar) o bother me; me molesta al tragar it hurts when I swallow
no es dolor, solo me molesta un poco
la radio no me molesta para estudiar the radio doesn't bother me when I'm studying
los críos me molestan para estudiar
si le sigue molestando, acuda a su médico if it goes on giving you trouble, see your doctor
3 (ofender) to upset
me molestó mucho lo que dijiste what you said really upset me; le molestó que no lo invitárais a la fiesta he was hurt that you didn't invite him to the party
4 (importar) (en preguntas)
¿le molesta la radio? does the radio bother you?; do you mind the radio being on?; ¿te molestaría prestarme un paraguas? would you mind lending me an umbrella?; ¿le molesta que abra la ventana o si abro la ventana? do you mind if I open the window?
¿le molesta si fumo? ¿te molesta que lo dejemos o si lo dejamos para mañana?
pronominal verb
1 (tomarse la molestia) to bother o.s.
no se moleste, prefiero estar de pie don't trouble o bother yourself, I prefer to stand
¡no se moleste!
—¿quiere que abra la ventana? —por mí no se moleste "shall I open the window?" — "don't mind me"
por favor, por mí no se moleste, yo puedo ver perfectamente la pantalla
no te molestes por él, sabe arreglárselas solo don't put yourself out for him, he can manage on his own; molestarse en hacer algo to take the trouble to do sth; se molestó en llevarnos al aeropuerto she took the trouble to drive us to the airport; she went to the trouble of driving us to the airport; no te molestes en venir a por mí don't bother to come and pick me up; you needn't take the trouble to come and pick me up
nunca nos hemos molestado en defender la Unidad del estado español me he molestado en mirar los libros que tengo referente a esto cuando yo veo que /un extranjero se molesta en escribir en mi idioma/ ya no te molestes en venir, es demasiado tarde
ni siquiera te has molestado en responder a mis cartas you didn't even bother to answer my letters
no pienso molestarme en darle una respuesta
2 (disgustarse) (con enfado) to get annoyed; get upset; (con ofensa) to take offence; take offense; (EEUU)
no deberías molestarte, lo hizo sin mala intención you shouldn't get annoyed o upset/take offence, he didn't mean any harm; molestarse con algn to get annoyed o cross with sb
no te molestes conmigo, fue sin querer se molestaron conmigo porque les hablé en inglés
molestarse por algo to get annoyed at sth; get upset about sth; se molesta por nada he gets annoyed at o upset about the slightest thing; ¿te has molestado por ese comentario? did that comment upset o offend you?
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