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(asking, granting permission)podermay I smoke? — ¿me permite fumar?
- he asked if he might see her — preguntó si podía verla
- and who, may I ask, are you? — ¿y quién es usted, si se puede saber?
- may I take your coat? — ¿me permite el abrigo?
- you may smoke if you wish — pueden fumar
- you may kiss the bride — puede besar a la novia
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- The club now says his identity may not be revealed until the end of the month, but insist the deal is still on.
- Of course there is a right of appeal, which in some cases may not be exercised without prior permission.
1.2(in requests)may I have your opinion on this? — ¿podría darme su opinión acerca de esto?
- may we see the menu, please? — ¿podríamos ver / nos podría traer el menú, por favor?
- may I have this dance? — ¿me concede este baile / esta pieza?
- may I have your name and address, please? — ¿quiere darme su nombre y dirección, por favor?
2.1(indicating probability)we may increase the price — quizás / tal vez aumentemos el precio
- you may wish to pay in advance — tal vez / quizás usted prefiera pagar por adelantado
- may cause drowsiness — puede producir somnolencia
- it may or may not be true — puede o no ser cierto
- he may not have seen us — a lo mejor / de pronto no nos vio
- I'm worried he may do something foolish — tengo miedo de que haga un disparate
- I was worried he might do something foolish — tenía miedo de que hiciera un disparate
- and who is Mr Preston, you may ask? — se preguntarán quién es el señor Preston
- Many of your readers may disagree, but I feel many more will identify with my observations.
- Overlap of bone margins may indicate a dislocation, and a second view should confirm this.
- If parents were to think about it, they may find it is their own identity they are protecting.
- Attitudes are much more difficult to identify and may only be revealed in subtle ways.
- All of which was further confirmation that Scotland may just have a bit of a star in the making.
- Part of this may be that the church is integral to national identity and tradition.
- This may well be true and look at the hatred that it has generated in most Western countries.
- It may be that their stories confirm the public's worst instincts about the music industry.
- Investigators said this weekend that those reports may prove to be a case of mistaken identity.
- It may be difficult in such situations to identify the point in time when an arrest occurs.
- Information such as a watermark in the paper may help identify a place and date of production.
- It may be argued that state and law are not identical, and there can be states without law.
- Yet their life outside may be as scarring as adult prison if their identities are ever discovered.
- That indeed may well be true but rather than finessing this issue it should surely be addressing it head on.
- The two plays may differ in style but their concern is identical, just like the twins.
- However, this may give an insight into how the legal position was identified.
- That may well be true of course, though few have ever stated it so bluntly.
- He confirmed that failure to do so may amount to a breach of election law.
- We thought there may be traffic issues but we also identified various ways we could address them.
- In answering these points it may be necessary to identify the object of the contract.
2.2(indicating different options)poderyou may pay in cash or by check — puede pagar en efectivo o con cheque
2.3(in generalizations)no matter what they may say — digan lo que digan
- we'll find them, wherever they may be — los encontraremos, estén donde estén / dondequiera que estén
- come what may — (whatever the situation) pase lo que pase
3(indicating sth is natural)you may well ask! — ¡buena pregunta!
- you may well feel embarrassed after last night — no me extraña que te sientas avergonzado después de lo de anoche
- I wonder how she did so well? — you may well wonder — me pregunto cómo le fue tan bien — eso (mismo) digo yo
4(conceding)this may be unpleasant, but it must be said — esto podrá ser desagradable, pero hay que decirlo
- he may not be clever, but he's very hard-working — no será inteligente, pero es muy trabajador
- be that as it may — sea como sea
- that's as may be — puede ser
- you may well laugh, just wait till it happens to you! — sí, tú ríete ¡ya verás cuando te pase a ti!
- The letter of the law may be important, but it appears that the punctuation is not.
- It may be deeply important to some people but it is essentially a part of life, it doesn't govern our lives.
- That may not seem important to you but without her I think we'd all only read mysteries.
- It may not have felt like it, and he may not have admitted to it, but Johnson was a pioneering force.
- It may not be important, but maybe if I put it down on paper, it'll make more sense to me.
- The Montgomery Bus Boycott may have been important but it hardly had media appeal.
- The first duty of any working person is to their family, however important that job may be.
- I may have to admit that you will never be my lover, but you will always be my dearest friend.
- She may not have admitted it out loud, but that didn't mean that she didn't know it was true.
- They may not seem important at the time but, trust me, one day they could be more vital than a very vital thing indeed.
- You may have a dozen important things to tell him but the moment of his arrival is not the time.
5.1(indicating purpose)we have left a space so that you may add your comments — hemos dejado un espacio para que usted pueda hacer sus comentarios
- let us fight, that justice may prevail — luchemos por que prevalezca la justicia
5.2(in wishes)may that day never come — que ese día no llegue nunca
- long may she reign! — ¡que reine por muchos años!
- may the Lord be with you — el Señor esté con vosotros
- Enough interest was shown in this suggestion to give hope that it may be taken up.
- We are writing this because we hope other campaigns may benefit from some of the lessons that we learned.
- An epilogue hopes the play may at least have pleased female spectators by its depiction of a good woman.
- This time she will stay in north Derbyshire in the hope she may make contact.
- Now he is hoping other fans may follow his lead by using their expertise to aid the cash-strapped club.
- Her husband paid tribute to her as a loving family woman and hopes she may rest in the peace of God.
- It is hoped the British submersible may be able to cut the submarine loose once raised to a suitable depth.
- For the moment it will have to be a honeymoon in hospital, but nurses hope that Linda may be able to go home.
- We also know the direction in which the gunman went and we are hoping this may lead us to new witnesses.
- I am writing in the hope you may be able to help me with family history research.
- Nevertheless, he hopes he may only be a further week away from a return to action.
- I just hope that you may see why I believe what I do and why it makes sense to me.
- It was a beautiful starlit night and William hoped it may the start of a new life for them both.
- He hopes she may be of some comfort to his sister, although he wonders whether he will ever see her smile again.
- It is hoped that a climbing club may be able to use the wall in the future.
1mayo masculinosee also January
- With the May elections looming, the last thing it wanted was to impose a big tax increase.
- Bank holidays are a real menace for messing up the meat trade and the May weekend has been no exception.
- The May half-term is a chance to get children out of the house and into the fresh air.
- Culture vultures are invited to work with local artists for a unique May celebration.
- Tour operators with summer programmes always struggle to fill the months of May and June.
- The large number of bills included mean that if there is a May election most are unlikely to become law.
- The rains in April and May of that year of 1951 were not too heavy and we were able to get out a bit.
- They flower from March to June and disperse mature seeds from May to July in the second year.
- It is going to give us a good starting point for the month of May but we still have a lot of work to do as does everyone else.
- Most of the events are free, but because of limited space the May events are ticket only.
- In May last year the accident-prone pony got stuck in the water before being bailed out.
- I was reminded of that when I turned the corner of the house this bright May morning.
- I find that the coverage of recent events comes on the heels of the May ratings sweeps.
- I feel the month of May is the most delightful time to be out and about on the river.
- It was the month of May and in those times there was a corncrake in every field and garden.
- Dormant dahlia tubers can be potted up this month to get them going before planting out in May or June.
- It is now May, when spring is at its peak and hormones seem to have risen to a new level.
- She was going to jump off the rock into the cold May water and drown just like he did.
- These flower from early to late May with single blooms that are finely fringed at the edges.
- The second week of May will be one of the driest of the year and one of the sunniest.
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