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A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
1. (to injure)
a. to twist
Ella se torció la pierna al comienzo del juego y tuvo que dejar de jugar.She twisted her leg at the beginning of the game and had to stop playing.
b. to sprain
Vas a torcerte el codo si sigues tirando así.You're going to sprain your elbow if you keep throwing like that.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to contort)
a. to twist
Torció la cuerda para aflojar el agarre de su oponente.He twisted the rope to loosen the grip of his opponent.
3. (to fold)
a. to bend
Tenemos que torcer el colchón para que quepa en el camión.We have to bend the mattress so that it fits in the truck.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to curve)
a. to turn
Ten cuidado más adelante; el camino tuerce bruscamente a la derecha.Be careful up ahead; the road turns sharply to the right.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (retorcer)
a. to twist
2. (doblar)
a. to bend
torcer el gestoto pull a face
3. (girar)
a. to turn
torció la cabezashe turned her head
4. (persona)
a. to corrupt
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
5. (girar)
a. to turn
el camino tuerce a la izquierdathe road turns to the left
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
6. (retorcerse)
a. to twist
7. (doblarse)
a. to bend
me tuerzo al andar/escribirI can't walk/write in a straight line
se ha torcido el cuadrothe painting's not straight
8. (lastimarse)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
torcerse el tobilloto twist one's ankle
9. (ir mal; esperanzas, negocios, día)
a. to go wrong
10. (persona)
a. to go astray
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transitive verb
1 (retorcer) [+dedo, muñeca, tronco] to twist; [+tobillo] to twist; sprain
torció el tenedor con las manos
[+madera] to warp; [+soga] to plait;
(doblar) to bend
¡me torció el brazo! he twisted my arm!; le ha torcido el cuello he's twisted his neck; torció la cabeza para mirarla he turned (his head) to look at her
torcer el gesto to scowl; torcer los ojos o la vista to squint
3 [+ropa] to wring
4 (cambiar) [+rumbo] to change; [+voluntad] to bend; [+pensamientos] to turn; [+significado] to distort; twist
el conflicto ha torcido el curso de los acontecimientos the conflict has changed the course of events
5 (pervertir) [+persona] to lead astray
intransitive verb
(girar) [+camino, vehículo, viajero] to turn
el coche torció a la izquierda the car turned left; al llegar allí tuerza usted a la derecha when you get there turn right
pronominal verb
1 (retorcerse) to twist; (doblarse) to bend
el metal se torció con el calor
me torcí el tobillo I twisted o sprained my ankle
2 (ladearse)
gira el volante que te estás torciendo turn the steering wheel, you're not driving straight; usa papel rayado para no torcerse escribiendo use ruled paper so you write straight
3 (ir por mal camino) [+persona] to go astray; go off the rails
4 (ir mal) [+proyecto] to go off the rails; [+proceso, acontecimientos] to take a strange turn
5 (agriarse) [+leche] to turn; go off; [+vino] to go sour
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torcerse el tobillo
to twist one's ankle
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