tropezar

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tropezar(
troh
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peh
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sahr
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to hit accidentally; often used with "con")
a. to stumble
Tropecé y caí en la piscina con toda la ropa puesta.I stumbled and fell into the pool with all of my clothes on.
b. to trip
Intentó saltar pero tropezó con una piedra.She tried to jump but tripped on a rock.
tropezarse
A reciprocal verb is a verb that indicates that two or more subjects perform an action on each other (e.g. Ellos se abrazan.).
2. (to meet)
a. to run into
Siempre nos tropezamos en el supermercado.We always run into each other at the supermarket.
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tropezar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (con los pies)
a. to trip o stumble
tropecé con el bordillo y me caíI tripped on the curb, curb and fell over
2. (por casualidad)
a.
tropezar con alguiento bump o run into somebody
3. (enfrentarse)
a.
tropezar conto come up against
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
4. (colloquial)
a. to bump into each other, to come across one another
tropezarse con alguiento bump into somebody
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tropezar
intransitive verb
1 (con los pies) to trip; stumble
tropezó y por poco se cae he tripped o stumbled and nearly fell; ¡cuidado, no tropieces! mind you don't trip up!; ha tropezado con una piedra she tripped on a stone; he tropezado con el escalón I tripped on the step
2 (chocar)
tropezar con o contra algo to bump into sth; tropezar con o contra un árbol to bump into a tree
3 (enfrentarse)
tropezar con algo to run into sth; encounter sth; tropezamos con una dificultad we ran into o encountered a difficulty; tropezó con muchos obstáculos durante su carrera política she came up against o encountered numerous obstacles in her political career
4 (encontrarse)
tropezar con algn to bump into sb; run into sb; he tropezado con María en la facultad I bumped o ran into María in the department
5 (reñir)
tropezar con algn to have an argument with sb
tropezó con su hermana por cuestiones de la herencia
6 (cometer un error) to err; make a mistake
ha tropezado muchas veces en la vida she has erred many times o made many mistakes in her life
pronominal verb
tropezarse [+dos personas] to bump o run into each other
nos tropezamos casi cada día por la calle we bump o run into each other practically every day in the street; tropezarse con algn to bump o run into sb; me tropecé con Juan en el banco I bumped o ran into Juan at the bank
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