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Old April 24, 2009, 09:51 AM
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Poner las pilas

I think it means to ramp it up or give it the juice. Am I right?
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Right. It's to get the energy and the will to do things... like a toy that needs batteries for working.


Ponte las pilas, tienes mucho trabajo atrasado.

Si no se pone las pilas, lo van a despedir.
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Right. It's to get the energy and the will to do things... like a toy that needs batteries for working.


Ponte las pilas, tienes mucho trabajo atrasado.

Si no se pone las pilas, lo van a despedir.
I understand your examples ... but am not sure about the word "ponte". I am not sure which conjugation of poner this is.
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I understand your examples ... but am not sure about the word "ponte". I am not sure which conjugation of poner this is.
It's the imperative. When giving orders.
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OH! I believe I may have answered my own question ... is it the tú form of the imperative with "te" attached? Hmmm....
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@Lou Ann: I'm using "poner" in pronominal form "ponerse".

"Tú te pones" (indicative) --> "Ponte" (imperative)
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Yeah - I think that I put it all together after I clicked "Post".... Thanks!
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