Poner Expressions

Putting Spanish expressions

Poner, literally "to put," has many different meanings and is used in a number of common expressions.

poner   to put
  to put on (clothes)
  to add
  to assign (homework)
  to cause (an emotion)
  to contribute/invest
  to equip (a house)
  to lay (eggs)
  to lay/set (the table)
  to make/turn + adjective
  to name
  to open/set up (a business)
  to perform/put on/show
  to send (a card, letter)
  to turn on (the radio, TV)
    
poner a uno a + infinitive   to start someone + gerund
poner a uno de cochino   to call someone a swine
poner algo aparte   to put something to the side/set something aside
poner algo como ejemplo   to give something as an example
poner algo en duda   to cast doubt on something
poner algo en español, francés…   to translate something into Spanish, French…
poner las cartas sobre la mesa   to put one's cards on the table
poner énfasis en   to stress
poner una objeción   to object
poner pleito   to sue, take to court
poner los puntos sobre las íes   to dot the i's and cross the t's
poner el reloj   to set the watch
    
ponerse   to put/place oneself
ponerse + adj   to get, turn, become + adj
ponerse un traje/suéter   to put a suit/sweater on
ponerse a/en   to reach, arrive at
ponerse a + infinitive   to begin + gerund
ponerse a bien con uno   to be on good terms with someone
ponerse al teléfono   to get on the phone
ponerse con uno   to argue with someone, to oppose/compete against someone
ponerse de ___   to take a job as ___
ponerse delante   to get in the way, intervene
ponerse la carne de gallina   to get goose bumps
ponérselos (informal)   to be unfaithful

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