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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.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to return)
a. volver
I would love to go back to Madrid some day.Me encantaría volver a Madrid algún día.
b. regresar
What time should we go back for dinner?¿A qué hora tenemos que regresar para la cena?
c. regresarse
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
I have to go back to the hotel to get my luggage before 6 pm.Tengo que regresarme al hotel para recoger mi equipaje antes de las 6 pm.
2. (to return to a previous time)
a. volver atrás
I acted like such an idiot. I wish I could go back.Me porté como un verdadero imbécil. Ojalá pudiera volver atrás.
b. volverse atrás
They had taken a crucial step, and they knew there was no going back.Habían dado un paso decisivo y sabían que no existía la posibilidad de volverse atrás.
3. (to have common history)
a. conocerse desde hace tiempo
Adam and I go way back. We went to elementary school together.Adam y yo nos conocemos desde hace mucho tiempo. Hicimos juntos la primaria.
4. (to take up in a conversation)
a. volver
To go back to what you were saying about your children, mine do the exact same thing.Volviendo a lo que me decías de tus hijos, los míos hacen exactamente lo mismo.
5. (to be reunited)
a. volver
I don't know why she went back to her girlfriend. She treated her really poorly.No sé por que volvió con su novia. Se portó muy mal con ella.
6. (to date)
a. remontarse
The origins of the castle go back to the 12th century.Los orígenes del castillo se remontan al siglo XXII.
7. (to change time)
a. atrasarse
Do the clocks go back an hour tonight, or tomorrow night?¿Es esta noche cuando se atrasan los relojes una hora, o es mañana por la noche?
8. (to extend)
a. extenderse
This field goes back toward the house.Este campo se extiende hasta la casa.
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go back
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (return)
a. volver
to go back to doing somethingvolver a hacer algo
to go back to one's old waysvolver a las andadas
2. (date back)
to go back toremontarse a, datar de
3. (colloquial)
we go back a long waynos conocemos desde hace mucho tiempo
go back
1 (return) volver; regresar;to a
we went back to the beach after lunch
to go back home volver or regresar a casa
when do the schools go back? ¿cuándo empieza el colegio?
to go back to work
the strikers have voted to go back to work los huelguistas han votado en favor de volver al trabajo
he's gone back to his wife ha vuelto con su mujer; this dress will have to go back (to the shop) habrá que devolver este vestido; going back to the point you raised earlier, ... volviendo al tema que planteaste antes, ...; to go back to the beginning volver al principio
2 (retreat) volverse atrás
there's no going back now ya no podemos volvernos atrás
3 (extend) extenderse
the path goes back to the river el camino llega or se extiende hasta el río; the cave goes back 300 metres la cueva tiene 300 metros de fondo; la cueva tiene una extensión de 300 metros
4 (date back) remontarse
we go back a long way nos conocemos desde hace mucho
my memories don't go back so far mis recuerdos no se remontan tan lejos
it goes back to Elizabeth I se remonta a Isabel I
the controversy goes back to 1929 la controversia se remonta a 1929
5 (change)
when do the clocks go back? ¿cuándo hay que atrasar los relojes?
the clocks go back on Sunday los relojes se atrasan el domingo
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