In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(return, go home)volverI had to go back for my umbrella — tuve que volver a buscar el paraguas
- I'd like to go back to Germany sometime — me gustaría volver a Alemania alguna vez
- to go back to work — volver al trabajo
- I shall never go back to that dentist! — ¡no vuelvo nunca más a ese dentista!
- she won't go back to him — no quiere volver con él
- go back! — ¡retrocede!
- there's no going back now — ya no se puede (or no nos podemos etc.) volver atrás
1.2(in lecture, discussion, text)volverto go back to what I was saying earlier … — volviendo a lo que decía antes …
- let's go back and examine those ideas more closely — volvamos atrás y examinemos más detenidamente esas ideas
1.3(be returned)this dress'll have to go back — voy (or vas etc.) a tener que devolver ese vestido
2.1(date, originate)(dynasty/tradition) remontarseit goes back to the beginning of the century — se remonta a principios de siglo
- we go back a long way — lo nuestro viene de muy atrás
2.2(return in time, revert)to go back to sth — volver a algo
- we decided to go back to the old system — decidimos volver al sistema antiguo
3(extend back)extendersethe garden goes back 40 feet — el jardín tiene 40 pies de largo
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