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keep quiet

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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (imperative; don't speak; used to address one person)
a. guarda silencio
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Keep quiet. The priest is talking.Guarda silencio. El sacerdote está hablando.
b. cállate
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Keep quiet. I don't want anyone hearing us.Cállate. No quiero que nadie nos oiga.
c. guarde silencio
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., usted).
(formal)
(singular)
When we're in front of the judge, keep quiet.Cuando estemos ante el juez, guarde silencio.
d. cállese
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Keep quiet! Can't you see that you're upsetting the birds?¡Cállese! ¿No se da cuenta que está perturbando a los pájaros?
2. (imperative; don't tell anyone; used to address one person)
a. no le digas nada a nadie
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
You'd better keep quiet if you know what's good for you!Más vale que no le digas nada a nadie si sabes lo que te conviene.
b. no le diga nada a nadie
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g., usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Keep quiet and hope nobody finds out about it.No le diga nada a nadie y espere que nadie se entere.
3. (imperative; don't speak; used to address multiple people)
a. guarden silencio (plural)
Class has already started. Keep quiet.La clase ya comenzó. Guarden silencio.
b. cállense (plural)
Keep quiet, kids. I'm trying to listen to the news.Cállense, chicos. Estoy intentando escuchar las noticias.
4. (imperative; don't tell anyone; used to address multiple people)
a. no le digan nada a nadie (plural)
Keep quiet or we might get kicked out of school.No le digan nada a nadie o puede que nos echen de la escuela.
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
5. (not to speak)
a. guardar silencio
You must keep quiet once the movie starts.Deben guardar silencio cuando comience la película.
b. callarse
Tell those guys in front of us to keep quiet. I can't hear the music.Dile a esos chicos al frente de nosotras que se callen. No puedo oír la música.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
6. (to keep something secret)
a. callar
Everyone closed ranks and agreed to keep quiet.Todos cerraron filas y acordaron callar.
b. no decir nada
The company wanted to avoid a scandal, so we were all told to keep quiet.La empresa quería evitar un escándalo, así que nos dijeron que no dijeramos nada.
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
7. (to keep secret)
a. callar
It's best if you keep it quiet, so no one gets into trouble.Es mejor que te lo calles para que nadie se meta en problemas.
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