lack of difficulty, comfort, relief
Facilidad, comodidad, reposo, alivio
- The ease with which he learns languages is amazing.
with rust, out of practice
Oxidado, rancio, enmohecido
- Oliver pulled the rusty bike out of the garage, wondering if it could still be repaired.
- Wendy's French is rusty, as she hasn't practised it for years.
fetch, collect in vehicle
Recoger, pasar a buscar a alguien, retirar
- I'll pick up the kids from school today.
- Could you pick up my prescription on your way past the chemist?
by way of, as a result of
a través, atravesar, por/porque
- The bullet went through his body.
torpe, desmañado, incómodo, difícil, inoportuno
- The boy was so awkward that he kept knocking things over.
- My nephew is entering that awkward stage of adolescence.
riguroso, exaustivo, a fondo, meticuloso, concienzudo
- The police carried out a thorough search of the area, but nothing was found.
not entirely true,leading the wrong way
confuso, engañoso, deserientador
- Erin read a misleading map that got her lost.
- The teacher had accidentally taught some misleading information to the students.
adecuado, apto, apropiado
- I've got a job interview tomorrow and I'm looking for a suitable outfit.
basado en hechos, objetivamente
somthing said or written, TO PRESS OR PUBLIC
- Your statement is completely false.
The police are going to make a statement.
- If you're dissatisfied at all, return the product for a full refund.
- Is this data reliable?
- He is reliable and shows up for work every day.
can not be disputed
- It's undeniable now that polar ice is shrinking every year.
shift away (alejarse)
move, group of workers
mover, correr, desplazar, ...
- The movers shifted the table one metre to the left.
- This factory has three shifts: morning, evening and night.
- Their children shift away from the language of their ancestors.
retoños, prole, retoños, ...fruto, resultado
- She gave their offspring the opportunity to achieve a better life.
- Fiona created a family spending budget.
matter, concern, romantic liaision
asunto, caso, lío, amorío
- Affairs of state require good policies and capable administrators.
- He had an affair with his secretary.
job, function, tax
deber, labor, función, faena, impuesto
- It is your duty to take out the trash.
- It is your duty to vote.
You must show your boarding pass at the checkout counter of the duty-free shop.
Obligation, promise, satisfy
Cumplir, realizar, mantener, satisfacer
- You will be paid when you've fulfilled your contractual obligations.
- This room should fulfill your needs but let us know if it doesn't.
future possibility, chances of success
Perspectiva, posibilidad, expectativa
- This course offers the prospect of spending a year in Paris.
- Paul told Linda that his prospects were good.
accesorio, adjunto, cariño, apego
- The electric drill comes with a 20-piece set of attachments
Max has such an attachment to his new puppy.
To rely on
To rely upon
depend on, have trust in
Depender de, confiar en
- Can you rely on that car?
- Can you rely on her?
pocas veces, raramente, casi nunca
- John is self-employed and seldom takes holidays.
- I seldom, if ever, have time to relax and read a book.
man, boy, member
tipo, sujeto, hombre
- He's just some fellow I met on the bus.
- He is known among his fellows for his extreme opinions.
erigido, construido, desarrollado,
- They built up the wall using bricks made from local stone.
- Johnson gradually built up his business empire.
encourage, support, push up
empujón, animar, estimular, apoyar, alentar
- The community's support boosted the politician.
- Getting a new car from her parents was a boost for Rose.
result, equation, consequences
- Does anyone know the outcome of the negotiations?
- Did you ever find the outcome to that equation?
ámbito,mira (rifle) alcance
- Romance questions are beyond the scope of the language forum.
- The sniper used his scope to aim his gun.
- The manager did not understand the scope of the problem at first, but soon realized its scale.
tener éxito, resultar bien
- He succeeded in running a business.
- The project succeeded after a year of efforts.
- You could see his success by the size of his house.
- He became a success thanks to hard work and determination.
fewer and fewer
cada vez menos
obligar a alguien a algo, limitar, restringir
- I would love to work abroad, but my family responsibilities constrain me to stay in this country.
- The contract constrained the author from hiring a new agent.
es más, además(moreover)
- Furthermore, it is ilegal to do this.
- How far is it? Is it further than that house over there?
actuar con negligencia, decuido, irresponsabilidad
- Kate's mother was arrested for neglect.
- The soldier neglected his duties and was discharged from the military.
benigno/a, bondadoso/a, benévolo adj
- The biopsy determined that the tumour was benign.
- I've always found him to be a benign and kind-hearted person.
cara, faceta, aspecto
- The problem has many facets that need to be addressed individually.
- The light gleamed through the diamond's facets.
- Seth couldn't move into the house until the impending transaction was finalized.
- Weather has made delays to the opening unavoidable.
- It seems unlikely that Philip will get the job; he really doesn't have the right qualifications.
adquirir, obtener, conseguir
levantar, subir, alzar
(sombrilla, mano, volumen, salario)
- We raised the beach umbrella by six inches.
- Raise your hand if you have a question.
- We raised the children to be respectful of their parents.
subir, aumento, incremento, ascenso, crecida
(calor, stock, precios, aumento agua, presión gas
- Heat rises.
- The stock market rose 2% today.
- They worried the rise of the river would lead to flooding.
- The rise in gas pressure is dangerous.
a, hacia, contra
- He went to the shop.
- He went out to dinner.
- He walked to the house.
- The proposal was defeated by seven votes to two.
para, por, durante
- The small fork is for your salad, the large one for the main course
- He only paid ten dollars for that shirt.
- She was gone for four hours. I've been learning Chinese for two years.
a menos que, a no ser que
- Let's go to the shop now, unless you have a better idea.
ropa, atuendo, traje, disfraz
- Rachel is buying herself a new outfit for her holiday.
- Lucas went to the party in a cowboy outfit.
armar, equipar a alquien
- There are ten people in this outfit.
- Apart from me, none of my classmates delivered the composition on time.
a pesar de, pesa a
known only by a few people
- A lot of the books I’ve been reading are quite obscure
the basic facilities such as transport, communications, power supplies, and buildings, which enable a town, city or country to function. (Collins Dictionary)
the underground tunnels that carry all the toilet waste (i.e. the piss and shit) away
to treat someone / to treat a disease
to give treatment to people who are suffering from a disease
to cure someone
to make a disease disappear completely, through treatment
to blow something up
make something explode
- They find the sewer and they blow it up so the authorities have to replace it
to start out
to start from the very beginning
to get worn down by something
to become weaker because of difficult experiences over time
a fake doctor
to bring someone up short
to suddenly stop someone doing something, often with a surprise
to be brought up short
(passive version) = to suddenly be stopped (by something) in what you are doing, often with a surprise
It’s quite moving
makes you feel a strong emotion
a character arc
a narrative or storyline for a particular character which changes from the start to the finish
- There’s this character arc of this guy who starts out innocent and gets seduced by the money
a heck of a lot (of something)
a lot (but emphasized with ‘a heck of’ – also ‘a hell of a lot’)
- It’s a tiny book but it contains a heck of a lot
a long, difficult and tiring experience
- If English is your second language it can be a bit of a slog sometimes to keep going (reading)
to be faux naive
‘fake’ naive – pretending to be naive
- People say he (Louis Theroux) is faux naive.
to come across as something
to give an impression of something
- Tom Cruise comes across as being a really friendly, fun and hardworking person.
All these are words to describe someone who is not cool.
- He looks a bit dorky, goofy, geeky.
- All these are words to describe someone who is not cool.
- just a bit ridiculous, but also in appearance
- interested (maybe obsessed) by things like computers, comics, science fiction rather than people. (Louis Theroux definitely isn’t a geek, but he comes
- Tyler is a humble man, and always happy to help.
to fancy someone
to find someone physically attractive, in a sexual way (but this is the sort of word that teenagers use)
- Do you fancy him?
to open up (to someone)
to become more open and revealing with people, e.g. to start talking about personal things
- His naive awkward English friendliness is very disarming and as a result, people open up to him
the knack of doing something
‘to lose the knack of doing something’ is a common way to say that you have lost the specific ability to do a certain thing.
(truco, facilidad o habilidad para hacer una cosa)
unpleasant and depressing
- They’re all addicted to heroin, and it’s really grim.
The time is getting on and we really ought to draw it to a close
When there’s no more time
Se acerca el momento y realmente debemos acercarlo a su fin
We’ve run out of time
Nos hemos quedado sin tiempo
Never mind ...
No te preocupes
No tiene importancia
- Never Mind the History Books (no te preocupes por los libros de historia)
Talking to yourself is actually said to improve mental acuity and intelligence
Se dice que hablar contigo mismo ...
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