ponerse tenso
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ponerse tenso
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. (general)
a. to tense up
Siempre me pongo tenso antes de tener que hablar en público.I always tense up before having to speak in public.
b. to get tense
No te pongas tenso. Solo te hice una pregunta.Don't get tense. I only asked you a question.
c. to stiffen
Hugo se puso tenso cuando escuchó el nombre de su rival.Hugo stiffened when he heard the name of his rival.
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