pasar el rato

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pasar el rato(
pah
-
sahr
 
ehl
 
rrah
-
toh
)
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
1. (general)
a. to pass the time
Estábamos sin un peso, así que pasábamos el rato dando vueltas por el centro comercial.We were broke, so we passed the time walking around the shopping mall.
b. to spend the time
Como llovía, pasamos el rato jugando al parchís en el hotel.As it was raining, we spent the time playing Parcheesi at the hotel.
c. to spend time
Lo que más me gusta hacer los fines de semana es pasar el rato con mi familia.What I like most doing on weekends is to spend time with my family.
d. to hang out
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Los sábados por la tarde me gusta pasar el rato con amigos.I like hanging out with friends on Saturday afternoons.
e. to chill
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
¿Quieres ir a la plaza para pasar el rato esta tarde?Do you feel like going to the square to chill this afternoon?
f. to kill time (idiom)
Marga tomó una revista para pasar el rato hasta que la llamara el dentista.Marga took a magazine to kill time until the dentist called her in.
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