ponerse en marcha
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ponerse en marcha(
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mahr
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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 leave)
a. to set off
Como queríamos estar en Madrid para la hora de comer, nos pusimos en marcha muy temprano.Since we wanted to be in Madrid by lunchtime, we set off very early.
b. to set out
La expedición se puso en marcha una mañana lluviosa, y poco imaginábamos entonces que nunca regresaría.The expedition set out one rainy morning, and little did we imagine back then that it would never return.
2. (to begin working)
a. to start
Tras varios intentos fallidos, el coche se puso en marcha.After several failed attempts, the car started.
3. (to begin moving)
a. to move off
Había un atasco y los vehículos se ponían en marcha para detenerse otra vez solo unos metros más allá.There was a traffic jam, and vehicles would move off to stop again just a few meters further down.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to begin)
a. to set about
En cuanto se dio cuenta de que ya no quería a su esposo, se puso en marcha para conseguir el divorcio.The moment she realized she didn't love her husband any more, she set about to get a divorce.
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