A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to squeeze)
a. to pinch
Se me olvidó ponerme algo verde en el Día de San Patricio, así que mi abuelo me pellizcó.I forgot to wear something green on St. Patrick's Day, so my grandpa pinched me.
Mi madre me pellizcó el brazo para que me callara.My mother pinched my arm to make me shut up.
2. (to eat a small amount of)
a. to pick at
Elena se limitó a pellizcar su comida porque no tenía mucha hambre.Elena just picked at her food because she wasn't very hungry.
b. to nibble at
Me moría de hambre y estuve pellizcando el pan hasta que nos sirvieron el plato principal.I was starving and nibbled at the bread until we were served the main course.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
3. (to give one's skin a squeeze)
a. to pinch oneself
Me pellizqué para asegurarme de que no soñaba.I pinched myself to make sure that I wasn't dreaming.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (persona)
a. to pinch
2. (pan)
a. to pick at
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transitive verb
1 [+persona, mejilla] to pinch
2 [+comida] to nibble; pick at
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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