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empezar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (originar)start viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  originate viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 El fuego empezó en el sótano.
empezar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (iniciar)start viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  begin viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 El curso empieza en septiembre.
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Compound Forms:
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antes de empezar loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa"). (preparativos)before starting exprexpression: Prepositional phrase, adverbial phrase, or other phrase or expression--for example, "behind the times," "on your own."
comenzar de cero,
empezar de cero
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
(olvidar hechos pasados)start from zero v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  start from scratch v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  start all over v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Olvidemos todo lo que ha pasado y empecemos de cero.
 Let's forget everything that has happened and start from zero.
empezar con buen pie vi + loc adv (inicio positivo)put your best foot forward v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  start on a good foot v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  get off on a good footing, start on a good footing v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Mañana es el regreso a clases; espero empezar con buen pie.
empezar de cero,
comenzar de cero
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
(volver a empezar)start from scratch v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  start all over again v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
  start from zero v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Tuve que tirar la mezcla que se malogró y empezar de cero.
 I had to throw out the mix that spoiled and start from scratch.
empezar por,
empezar por hacer algo
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
(hacer primero) (with present participle)start by v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 Para crear un producto nuevo empiecen por analizar el mercado.
 To create a new product, start by analyzing the market.
empezar por,
empezar por algo
loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo").
(seguir un orden) (with noun)start with v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
Note: Se construye con sustantivo.
 –¿Cómo empiezo la carta? –Empieza por la fecha.
 When you write a letter, start with the date.
empezar por el principio loc verblocución verbal: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como verbo ("sacar fuerzas de flaqueza", "acusar recibo"). (partir del origen)start from the beginning v exprverbal expression: Phrase with special meaning functioning as verb--for example, "put their heads together," "come to an end."
 No entiendo, explícame otra vez empezando por el principio.
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