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ponerle empeño a
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.).
a. to put effort into
Graciela le ponía mucho empeño a sus tareas y por eso obtenía tan buenas notas.Graciela put a lot of effort into her homework, and that's why she got such good grades.
b. to go to work on
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Ramírez no tiene mucho talento como cineasta, pero le pone gran empeño a todos sus proyectos.Ramirez isn't a very talented filmmaker, but he really goes to work on all his projects.
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