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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 set out)
2. (to begin in a particular way)
3. (to have a particular idea when starting)
I started out thinking she was a nice person, but then I realized I was mistaken.Empecé creyendo que era una buena persona, pero después me di cuenta de que estaba equivocada.
no direct translation
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
I started out liking my job, but I eventually got bored.Al principio, el trabajo me gustaba, pero con el tiempo me aburrí.
Sue hadn't started out to teach.Sue no había empezado con la idea de ser maestra.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (on journey)
a. salir, partir
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