work on
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work on(
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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 be busy with)
a. trabajar en
William is working on developing an application for smart phones.William está trabajando en el desarrollo de una aplicación para teléfonos inteligentes.
2. (to try to persuade)
a. tratar de convencer
Chelsea has been rather negative lately, so I'm working on her to be more positive.Chelsea está bastante negativa últimamente, así que estoy tratando de convencerla de que sea más positiva.
3. (to practice to improve on)
a. esforzarse en
If Brooke is going to continue to be a teacher, she needs to work on being more patient.Si Brooke va a continuar siendo maestra, debe esforzarse en tener más paciencia.
4. (to consider as given)
a. partir de
Clark works on the theory that if he does all of his homework assignments, he'll surely get good grades.Clark parte de la teoría de que si hace toda la tarea, seguramente tendrá buenas calificaciones.
b. basarse en
We didn't have much to work on when we first started our research.Teníamos poco en qué basarnos cuando comenzamos nuestra investigación.
c. atenerse a
In business, Stewart always worked on the same principle: the customer is always right.En los negocios, Stewart siempre se atenía al mismo principio: el cliente siempre tiene razón.
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work on
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. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to w on somethingtrabajar en algo
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (continue to work)
a. seguir trabajando
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work on
intransitive verb
1 [+project etc] trabajar en
He's working on his memoirs
they're working on the car now están trabajando en el coche ahora; they will get working on it at once se pondrán enseguida manos a la obra; the police are working on it la policía lo está investigando
2 (act on)
we've no clues to work on no tenemos pistas en qué basarnos; we're working on the principle that ... nos atenemos al or nos basamos en el principio de que ...
3 (try to persuade)
he hasn't agreed yet but I'm working on him todavía no está de acuerdo pero le estoy tratando de convencer
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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