In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1to avail oneself of sth — aprovechar algo
- I should like to avail myself of this opportunity to thank you — quisiera aprovechar esta ocasión para darles las gracias
- If such action be tainted over much by self-interest it probably will not avail the accused.
- This time around, Daffy seems to realize he's losing the game, but all of his extra caution avails him naught.
- But their wealth avails them not at all this time.
- Of course, none of this careful planning avails me in the slightest if I don't manage to actually write anything.
- But it avails little if we reach agreement on this doctrine or that but are in fundamental disagreement about the sacramental nature of the Church in inseparable unity with Christ and the salvation he bestows.
1it will avail you/him/them nothing to complain — no vas/va/van a conseguir nada con protestar
1to no avail — en vano
- we tried but all to no avail — lo intentamos, pero todo fue en vano
- it is of no avail — es inútil
- I have struggled all my life, and to what avail? — he luchado toda la vida y ¿para qué?
- He said he heard someone shout the man had got to the bank side, and used some bike lights to search for him, but to no avail.
- We have got a petition, written letters, been to meetings, but to no avail as they just do not listen.
- Mr Holmes said he and three friends immediately launched their own boat and searched the area but to no avail.
- She was doing a sterling job of trying to wake him up but to no avail.
- I have tried various remedies, including cutting the plant right back, but to no avail.
- The group banged on the door to alert the sleeping occupants to no avail.
- I keep nagging him to get over it and get on with posting but to no avail.
- The pair went on holiday to Brazil recently, apparently to give their love lives a boost but to no avail.
- After a few frantic phone calls to no avail, the decision to ad-lib was made.
- We waited for this building work to commence but it was all to no avail.
- The Allerton residents filled in countless petitions against the closure, to no avail.
- Trying to find an explanation, I consulted several modern textbooks to no avail.
- Since then he has been passed back and forth between the NHS and Inland Revenue but to no avail.
- A search party had been sent out the previous evening, to no avail, so they'd gone out again at dawn.
- My protestations about the lack of evidence of benefit in such procedures were to no avail.
- Police say an extensive search was carried out immediately but to no avail.
- Last-ditch efforts to avert war in the second week of March were to no avail.
- We have written asking for councillors to visit to inspect the damage and poor state of repairs, to no avail.
- Police vans were pelted with bottles and cans, and speakers tried to calm the crowd, but to no avail.
- For the past two years, members have tried to scare the deer off, to no avail.
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