-they rotate
The word rotan is the present form of rotar in the third person plural.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to spin)
a. to rotate
El ventilador dejó de rotar y supimos que se había estropeado.The fan had stopped rotating, so we knew it had broken down.
b. to turn
¿Por qué no rotas la mesa para que haya espacio para todos?Why don't you turn the table so that there's enough room for everybody?
2. (to take turns)
a. to rotate
Los empleados rotaban cada semana como asistentes.The employees rotated as assistants every week.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
3. (to move)
a. to rotate
Le pedí a José que rotara la pantalla para poder ver el video yo.I asked Jose to rotate the screen so that I could see the video.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to alternate)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to take in turns
En el museo los visitantes se rotaban para mirar el cuadro de cerca.The visitors took looking closely at the painting in turns.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (girar)
a. to rotate, to turn
2. (alternar)
a. to rotate
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transitive verb
to rotate
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