pararse en seco
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pararse en seco(
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A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
1. (to stop brusquely)
a. to stop dead
El camión se paró en seco con un chirrido de frenos.The truck stopped dead with a screech of brakes.
b. to stop suddenly
El hombre corría hacia nosotros, pero se paró en seco y se dio la vuelta.The man was running toward us, but he stopped suddenly and turned round.
2. (to interrupt oneself brusquely)
a. to cut oneself short
Me paré en seco porque me di cuenta de que iba a decir una tontería.I cut myself short because I realized I was going to say something silly.
parar en seco
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
3. (to stop brusquely)
a. to stop dead
El esquiador paró en seco justo antes del precipicio.The skier stopped dead just before the precipice.
b. to stop suddenly
El carro de delante paró en seco y yo no tuve tiempo de frenar.The car in front stopped suddenly and I didn't have time to brake.
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
4. (to stop brusquely)
a. to stop dead
El niño paró la bicicleta en seco cuando vio al perro en medio del camino.The boy stopped his bike dead when he saw the dog in the middle of the path.
b. to stop suddenly
¿Por qué paraste el auto en seco? Si haces eso en el examen, te suspenden seguro.Why did you stop the car suddenly? If you do that in the exam, they'll fail you for sure.
5. (to interrupt brusquely)
a. to cut short
Cuando empezó a insultarnos, mi esposa lo paró en seco. "¿Cómo te atreves?" le dijo.When he started insulting us, my wife cut him short. "How dare you?" she said to him.
b. to cut off sharply
La paré en seco porque vi que iba a decir algo de lo que luego se arrepentiría.I cut her off sharply because I realized she was going to say something she'd regret later on.
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