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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (it's not operative)
a. it doesn't work
¿Por qué no te secas el pelo con el secador? - No funciona.Why don't you dry your hair with the hairdryer? - It doesn't work.
b. it doesn't function
Hay un problema con el programa. - Si no funciona correctamente, reinicia la computadora.There's a problem with the program. - If it doesn't function correctly, reboot the computer.
c. it doesn't run
Es un coche sin apenas gastos de mantenimiento, porque no funciona con gasolina sino con electricidad.It's a car with hardly any maintenance costs, because it doesn't run with gas but with electricity instead.
2. (in a sign)
3. (it hasn't succeeded)
a. it's not working out
Parecía que el nuestro iba a ser un matrimonio ideal, pero lo cierto es que no funciona.It seemed as if ours was going to be the ideal marriage, but the truth is that it's not working out.
b. it's not working
Se supone que es un tratamiento muy eficaz, pero en mi caso no funciona.It's supposed to be a very effective treatment, but it's not working for me.
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