Translation of merecer in English:
verbo transitivo/transitive verb
- [premio/castigo/victoria] to deserve merece el respeto y la admiración de todos she deserves everyone's respect and admiration un hecho que merece toda nuestra atención a fact that deserves our full attention, a fact that merits o/or is worthy of our full attention [formal] no mereces la suerte que tienes you don't deserve to be so lucky merecer +
infinitivo/infinitiveto deserve to + infinitivo/infinitivemereció ganar he deserved to winmerecer que+ subjuntivo/subjunctivemerece que le den el puesto she deserves to get the job merece que lo metan en la cárcel he deserves to be put in prison edad, pena
verbo pronominal/pronominal verb (merecerse)
- (enfático) [premio/castigo] to deserve qué marido tienes, no te lo mereces what a wonderful husband you have, you don't deserve him te lo tienes bien merecido it serves you right, you deserve it tiene la bien merecida fama de mujeriego he has a well-deserved reputation as a womanizer merecerse +
infinitivo/infinitiveto deserve to + infinitivo/infinitivese mereció ganar el concurso she deserved to win the contestmerecerse que+ subjuntivo/subjunctivese merece que le den el trabajo she deserves to get the job te mereces que te den una buena paliza you deserve a good hiding
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