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transitive verb phrase
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.).
1. (to adapt to)
intransitive verb phrase
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
2. (to begin doing something)
a. ponerse con ganas
"We've got to get rid of this bamboo because it overwhelms all the other plants," said Alfredo, and he set to with the machete."Tenemos que quitar este bambú porque abruma las demás plantas", dijo Alfredo, y se puso con ganas con el machete.
3. (to begin fighting)
a. empezar a pelear
The two man stood up from the table, their faces beet-red, and they set to with a vengeance.Los dos hombres se levantaron de la mesa, los rostros rojos como un tomate, y empezaron a pelear de lo lindo.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (start working)
a. empezar or ponerse a trabajar
a. meterse or (start arguing)
b. enzarzarse en una pelea
Regionalism used in Spain
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