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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to see ahead)
a. to foresee
Nadie podía haber previsto el desastre que sucedió aquel día.No one could have foreseen the disaster that took place that day.
b. to forecast
Los expertos han previsto que habrá una subida en el precio de la gasolina.The experts have forecast that there will be a rise in gas prices.
c. to predict
Todo lo que previó el psíquico se ha cumplido.Everything that the psychic predicted has come true.
d. to anticipate
Se prevé que unas cinco mil personas asistan a la actuación.We anticipate some five thousand people will be attending the performance.
2. (to prepare for)
a. to plan
La escuela seguirá con los cambios previstos al currículo.The school will continue with the planned changes to the curriculum.
b. to expect
No previeron que la empresa tuviera tanto éxito.They didn't expect that the company would be so successful.
3. (legal)
a. to envisage
La iniciativa prevé que todos los ciudadanos tengan acceso gratuito a Internet.The initiative envisages free access to the internet for all citizens.
b. to provide
La propuesta prevería que todos los alumnos de la ciudad tengan computadoras portátiles.The proposal would provide laptops to all students in the city..
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to anticipate)
a. to expect
Como era de prever, volvió a llegar tarde.As was to be expected, she arrived late again.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (anticipar)
a. to foresee, to anticipate
una reacción que los médicos no habían previstoa reaction the doctors hadn't foreseen
se prevé una fuerte oposición popular a la leystrong popular opposition to the law is anticipated o expected
2. (planear)
a. to plan
prevén vender un millón de unidadesthey plan to sell a million units
tenía previsto ir al cine esta tardeI was planning to go to the cinema this evening
3. (predecir)
a. to forecast, to predict
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (general)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
como era de preveras was to be expected
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transitive verb
1 (adivinar) to foresee; (predecir) to predict; forecast
prever que ... to anticipate that ...; expect that ...; ya lo preveía I expected as much; se prevé un descenso de precios a drop in prices is predicted o forecast; si ganan como se prevé if they win as expected o predicted
2 (proyectar) to plan
la elección está prevista para ... the election is scheduled o planned for ...; tenemos previsto atravesar el desierto we are planning to cross the desert; un embarazo no previsto an unplanned pregnancy; no teníamos previsto nada para eso we had not made any allowance for that
3 (establecer) to provide for; establish
la ley prevé que ... the law provides o stipulates that ...
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