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(occur)pasarsucederocurriracaecer literariowhat's happened? — ¿qué ha pasado / sucedido / ocurrido?
- don't let it happen again — que no vuelva a pasar / suceder / ocurrir
- how did the accident happen? — ¿cómo ocurrió el accidente?
- she acted as though nothing had happened — hizo como si nada hubiera pasado
- nothing ever happens round here — aquí nunca pasa nada
- whatever happens, we'll stand by you — pase lo que pase, te apoyaremos
- worse things happen at sea — no es el fin del mundo
- it's all happening here — la movida es aquí
- hi, what's happening? — hola ¿qué tal? ¿qué es de tu vida?
- The accident happened at the Namuang falls on the island of Koh Samui.
- Nobody wants an accident to happen but if the present chaos continues it is inevitable.
- But surely the chances of a similar accident happening again are astronomical.
- So in each little street an injury accident happens about once every 40 years.
- Rather in keeping with the tenor of the match, one of the most significant developments happened by accident.
- He had been contracted by Hood Yacht Spars to transport their masts when the accident had happened.
- Stop blaming parents for every accident that happens.
- If anyone in the ministry is reading this and can do something about it, please do before a major accident happens.
- In the world of chime, accidents happen and the results are stunning.
- It is not clear how the accident happened, and police are interviewing all the teaching staff present as part of their inquiry.
- It seems a complete and utter sham that change and improvements can only happen following an accident.
- Some of the accidents happened during the pursuit of criminals but none resulted in the deaths of either PCs or civilians.
- ‘We believe what happened must be an accident because he had so much to live for,’ she said.
- He had been working in the Murphy Transport-operated compound at the docks when the accident happened.
- And Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady warned that something will need to be done before a serious accident happens in the area.
- So in this bill the Minister of Transport is to be held directly responsible when accidents happen.
- Whenever a traffic accident happens, the traffic police make an investigation to find out whose fault it was.
- Sometimes an accident may occur in circumstances in which accidents do not normally happen unless there has been negligence by someone.
- Motorist Pete Richardson was following the Discovery when the accident happened.
- Sun mentioned that whenever an accident happens, the mass media tends to over-criticize the service provider.
1.2(befall, become of)to happen to sb — pasarle a algn
- a strange thing happened to me this morning — esta mañana me pasó / sucedió / ocurrió una cosa extraña
- why does everything happen to me? — ¿por qué tendrá que pasarme todo a mí?
- if anything happened to me, you'd inherit everything — si me pasara / me ocurriera algo, lo heredarías todo tú
- he's very late; I hope nothing has happened to him — está tardando mucho, espero que no le haya pasado / ocurrido nada
- what's happened to your leg? — ¿qué te ha pasado en la pierna?
- whatever happened to all those bands of the 60s? — ¿qué habrá sido de todos aquellos grupos de los años 60?
- When you start on the slippery slope you don't know what's happening to you because you haven't got the experience.
- You feel like you are the only one it is happening to, even if thousands of sportsmen experience the same thing each year.
- What will happen to the money put aside for a possible fire strike if this is averted?
- Did he not pass on his apprehensions over what was happening to a senior figure in the party at the time?
- The banks are due to meet again at the end of February to take a final decision over what should happen to charges.
- There has been a lot of Reg reader debate over what exactly will happen to findings from the project.
- I called the help desk last week for the first time to find out what is happening to my claim and to my surprise I got through to a lady first time.
- We are just doing it from past experiences and what we have seen and what's happened to us.
- Courts and academics brush over what actually happens to such videos once they leave the sex shop.
- Was he trying to pay back his debt, or was he really worried over what would happen to me?
- She said to me that she did not know what had happened to her, she felt as if she fell down.
- This is exactly the sort of thing that always happens to me though, so I shouldn't be surprised.
- The most difficult decision facing the school must be over what happens to Anne Williams.
- This is my first book so everything that is happening to me is a big surprise.
- No matter what happens to our nation, even when Egypt may fall on hard times, we can never be ignored.
- What is there to stop the same thing happening to the Bulls should they experience a downturn in fortunes?
- But her experiences made her determined to prevent the same thing happening to others.
- Has anyone else had anything like any of these experiences happen to them before?
- Now the average man on the street is not going to get worked up over what happens to hedge funds.
- All the while I can't stop thinking about what will happen to me if I fall into that void.
2to happen to + inf
2.1(do, be by chance)she happened to be there — dio la casualidad de que estaba ahí
- if you happen to see her, give her my love — si por casualidad la ves, dale recuerdos de mi parte
- you don't happen to know the time of the next train, do you? — ¿usted no sabrá (por casualidad) a qué hora sale el próximo tren?
2.2(do, be actually)who's that fat guy over there? — he happens to be my brother — ¿quién es ese gordo de ahí? — pues da la casualidad de que es mi hermano
- it was a wonderful production; I just don't happen to like opera — fue una puesta excelente; lo que pasa es que a mí no me gusta la ópera
1how does it happen that he gets paid more than me? — ¿cómo puede ser que gane / cómo es que gana más que yo?
- it may happen that you'll get a question like that in the examination — puede ser que en el examen te toque una pregunta como esa
- it (just) so happens that I know him — da la casualidad de que lo conozco
- as it happens, I'm going that way myself — da la casualidad de que yo también voy hacia allí
- well, as it happens, I already knew that — pues para que sepas, yo ya lo sabía
- as often seems to happen — como suele pasar / suceder / ocurrir
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