servir a

servir a(
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
1. (in a restaurant, bar, store)
a. to serve
El mesero derramó un poco de sopa mientras servía a un cliente.The waiter spilled some soup while serving a customer.
2. (in the army, the civil service)
a. to serve
Este monumento es un homenaje a los civiles y militares que sirvieron a su país durante la guerra.This monument is a tribute to the civilians and the military who served their country in the war.
3. (to be useful to someone)
a. to help
Estos libros sirvieron a muchos para aprender español.These books helped many people learn Spanish.
b. to serve ... to
La amarga experiencia nos sirvió a todos de lección.The bitter experience served as a lesson to us all.
c. to serve ... for
Johnson sirvió a los jugadores jóvenes de ejemplo.Johnson served as an example for young players.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Los consejos de mi profesor no solo me sirvieron a mí, sino también a muchos otros estudiantes de la escuela.My teacher’s advice was helpful not only for me, but also for many other students at the school.
La respuesta del actor le sirvió al periodista para hacerle una pregunta sobre su vida privada.The actor's answer gave the journalist the chance to ask him about his private life.
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