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 become better)
a. to get better
Yo me ocupo de todo. Tú solo preocúpate de descansar y ponerte bien cuanto antes.I'll take care of everything. All you have to worry about is resting and getting better as soon as possible.
2. (to become full of; used with "de")
a. to get covered in
Había llovido y los niños se pusieron bien de barro jugando en el parque.It had been raining and the children got covered in mud playing in the park.
b. to eat one's fill of (food)
Ese día recuerdo que nos pusimos bien de marisco, y baratísimo además.I remember that day we ate our fill of seafood, and very cheaply as well.
3. (to become)
a. to get quite
Ana decía que lo suyo era genética, pero se puso bien gorda en cuanto dejó de hacer ejercicio.Ana used to say her looks were from genetics, but she got quite fat the moment she stopped exercising.
b. to make oneself look really
Para la boda tienes que ponerte bien guapa. No todos los días se te casa un hijo.You'll have to make yourself look really nice for the wedding. It's not every day your son gets married.
4. (to place oneself toward)
a. to sit well (sitting)
Cuando voy al cine, me gusta ponerme bien atrás.When I go to the cinema, I like to sit well back.
b. to stand well (standing)
En el concierto, nos pusimos bien delante, y no paramos de bailar en todo el rato.At the concert, we stood well forward, and wouldn't stop dancing all the while.
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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
5. (to set correctly)
a. to put in the right place
Pon los cubiertos bien. El tenedor va a la izquierda y el cuchillo a la derecha.Put the silver in the right place. The fork goes on the left and the knife goes on the right.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Ese cuadro está torcido. Tienes que ponerlo bien.That painting is not straight. You have to straighten it.
Tienes que poner bien la tarjeta SIM. Si no, el celular no funciona.You have to put the SIM card in right. Otherwise, the cellphone won't work.
6. (to commend)
a. to praise
Los críticos pusieron bien la exposición de Belén, pero vendió pocas esculturas.The critics praised Belen's exhibition, but she didn't sell many sculptures.
b. to speak highly of
Domínguez te puso bien. - Normal. Es un adulador profesional.Dominguez spoke highly of you. - You bet. He's a professional flatterer.
c. to have nice things to say about
Tu compañera de apartamento te puso muy bien. Yo diría que le gustas.Your roommate had very nice things to say about you. I think she likes you.
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