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transitive verb phrase
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.).
a. to not use to (in past tense)
Cuando era niño, mi familia no solía ir de vacaciones a la playa. Casi siempre íbamos a la montaña.When I was a kid, my family didn't use to go on vacation to the seaside. We almost always went to the mountains.
b. to not tend to
Aquí no suele llover mucho. El clima es más bien seco.It doesn't tend to rain a lot here. The weather is rather dry.
c. to not be in the habit of
Marta no suele beber alcohol, por eso en cuanto bebe un poco se emborracha.Marta isn't in the habit of drinking alcohol. That's why she gets drunk as soon as she drinks a little.
no direct translation
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
Como no queremos irnos a la cama con el estómago lleno, no solemos cenar mucho.As we don't want to go to bed with a full stomach, we don't usually have much for dinner.
No suelo ir a la piscina los domingos. Hay demasiada gente.I don't usually go to the pool on Sundays. It's too crowded.
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