In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(incapacitated)the accident left him a helpless invalid — el accidente lo dejó totalmente imposibilitado
- to leave/render sb helpless — dejar a algn sin recursos
- I'm helpless without my glasses — sin los anteojos no puedo hacer nada
- helpless with laughter — muerto de risa
- he's helpless in a crisis — en situaciones críticas es totalmente inútil / no sirve para nada
2(defenseless)(prey/victim) indefensohe looked so poor and helpless — parecía tan pobre y desamparado / desvalido
- as helpless as a baby/kitten — tan indefenso como un bebé/un gatito
- Have a heart and spare a thought for the defenceless, helpless victims and their families.
- I was helpless to do anything but pray to God for her salvation.
- I am a police captain and feel totally helpless as I am unable to help my city and my family.
- I felt frustrated and helpless and just wanted to see if there was anything I could do.
- Yet humanists should have the capability to defend the rights of the most helpless members of society.
- He awoke terrified and helpless in a hospital bed, covered in bandages and unable to move his legs.
- Don't overprotect your child - it may only make him feel more vulnerable and helpless.
- Only at the end of the book does he admit that he feels at home among the most vulnerable and helpless people.
- Nonetheless, I wanted her to know that she is not at all helpless and vulnerable.
- Why do we decide it is none of our business or that we are helpless to do anything about it?
- Being with Lydie when she was so weak and helpless caused Jamie to become distressed.
- Is there anything worse than watching someone you love have to suffer while you're helpless to do anything to help?
- I am left to watch and feel desperate if not helpless in this small world in which I am unable to do more than pray.
- He was very old, but she could tell by watching him walk that he was in no way helpless or weak.
- He feels helpless and powerless to do anything to change things for the better.
- A person, a society and a country which is weak and helpless has no choice but to resort to violence.
- They are on the receiving end, or on the sidelines, feeling helpless and vulnerable.
- An American soldier had been murdered right in front of him, and he was helpless to do anything about it.
- He felt helpless because he could not do anything to save innocent lives and bring succour to them.
- In the face of such irresistible destruction, we all feel weak and helpless.
3(powerless)(expression/look) de impotenciato be helpless to + inf — ser incapaz de + inf
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