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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.).
1. (to place in a pile)
2. (to increase)
When Ismael lost his job, he piled up debts and couldn't pay his mortgage.Cuando Ismael perdió el trabajo, acumuló deudas y no pudo pagar la hipoteca.
b. llenarse de
We piled up huge debts to pay for our daughter's treatment.Nos llenamos de deudas astronómicas para pagar el tratamiento de nuestra hija.
intransitive verb phrase
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.).
3. (to form a pile)
4. (to crash)
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (dirty clothes, work)
a. acumularse, apilarse
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
1 (accumulate) [+work] amontonarse; acumularse
black clouds were piling up on the horizon el horizonte se estaba cargando or se llenaba de nubes negras
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