pararse en seco
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)
2. (to interrupt oneself brusquely)
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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
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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