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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.).
1. (to be idle)
a. estar sentado
Rodrigo got sick of sitting around and decided to do something productive.Rodrigo se cansó estar sentado y decidió algo productivo.
Instead of sit around, why don't you come and give me a hand?En vez de holgazanear, ¿por qué no vienes a darme una mano?
Enough sitting around. It's time to get down to business.Basta de haraganear. Es hora de poner manos a la obra.
Regionalism used in Spain
I wish I had learned to play the guitar when I was younger instead of sitting around all day.Ojalá hubiera aprendido a tocar la guitarra cuando era joven en lugar de haber ganduleado todo el día.
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.).
2. (to be idle in)
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