In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(require, compel)to oblige sb to + inf — obligar a algn a + inf
- the delay obliged us to cancel the order — el retraso nos obligó a cancelar el pedido
- to be obliged to + inf
- you're not obliged to attend — no tienes obligación de asistir
- I was obliged to leave early — me vi obligado a irme temprano
- I felt obliged to stay a bit longer — me sentí obligado a quedarme un ratito más
- The children just happened to be the beneficiaries of that exercise that she was legally obliged to provide because she was the mother.
- The council will launch its annual registration drive at the end of August, and people are legally obliged to respond.
- In that way it was seen that the medical expenses incurred by the father could also be recovered if the father was legally obliged to pay them.
- No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God.
- Under the new law, parents are obliged to register their new born babies within 60 days of their birth.
- British law obliges a parent, once his child is registered at a school, to ensure that he attends regularly; any white parent who kept his child away for so long would undoubtedly be prosecuted and punished.
- The reason for this exemption, according to the reasoning of the bill, is the lack of an international standard and practice obliging such persons to report suspicious operations and transactions.
- ‘I was brought up thinking work is something you are morally obliged to do,’ as one older man put it.
- Doctors and nurses were obliged to attend to patients so they could not be blamed for admitting the patients.
- Women are also obliged to do military service, but are not required to serve in combat units.
- We live in a world in which there are many moral laws that people are obliged to conform to.
- The principal drawback of a limited company is that you are legally obliged to file specific information in the Companies Office.
- The Dudleian lecturers insisted that natural religion pointed to a moral law that men were obliged to follow.
- Christian leaders are obliged to protect their citizens, by military force if need be.
- This September, I am legally obliged to renew my driver's licence.
- Mr Butterfield was not a blood relative of Lady Hulton, and was not a person for whom she or any other members of the Reynolds' family was morally obliged to provide.
- A wife is legally obliged to obey her husband, reside where he wishes, and accept his surname.
- Under the law, we were obliged to publish the paper within three months, failing which the permission would lapse.
- We are obliged to counsel for their assistance in this matter.
- His hands were completely tied on this one, and those who now criticise him for doing what he was legally obliged to do are being unfair in the extreme to him.
- If the law obliges us to pay our taxes, do the news and the weather, then we will.
2(do favor for)he was always ready to oblige a friend — estaba siempre dispuesto a hacerle un favor a un amigo
- you would oblige me by leaving me alone — me haría un favor si me dejara en paz
- she obliged the guests with a song — complació a los invitados cantando una canción
- much obliged! — muchas gracias
- I'd be much obliged if you could help me — le quedaría muy agradecido si pudiera ayudarme
- we are greatly obliged to you for your help — le estamos muy agradecidos por su ayuda
1he's always willing to oblige — siempre está dispuesto a hacer un favor
- I asked for help, but nobody obliged — pedí ayuda pero nadie se ofreció
- I regret that I am unable to oblige — siento no poder complacerlo (or complacerlos etc.)
- anything to oblige — con mucho gusto
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