tropezar con
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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
1. (to hit by accident)
a. to trip on
Mi abuela tropezó con un escalón, se cayó y se rompió la cadera.My grandmother tripped on a step, fell down, and broke her hip.
b. to bump into
Estaba caminando escuchado música cuando tropecé con una farola.I was walking and listening to music when I bumped into a lamp post.
c. to stumble over
Marisa se tropezó con una raíz mientras corría en el bosque.Marisa stumbled over a root while running in the wood.
2. (to come up against)
a. to run into
A lo largo de su vida, tropezó con muchos obstáculos pero logró superarlos.Along his life, he ran into many obstacles, but he managed to overcome them.
b. to encounter
Tropezamos con algunas dificultades que podrían retrasar la finalización del proyecto.We encountered some difficulties that might delay the completion of the project.
tropezarse con
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to come across)
a. to bump into
Me tropecé con mi primo en el metro hoy.I bumped into my cousin on the metro today.
b. to run into
Ayer me tropecé con tu mamá en el súper.Yesterday, I ran into your mother at the supermarket.
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