In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(indicating location, position)enshe was waiting at the door/restaurant — estaba esperando en la puerta/el restaurante
- at Daniel's — en casa de Daniel
- I stayed at a hotel — me quedé en un hotel
- we were at church — estábamos en la iglesia
- to be at the table /at table — estar sentados a la mesa
- don't call me at the office — no me llames a la oficina
- at the back / rear of the house — al fondo de la casa
- who was at the wedding? — ¿quién estuvo en la boda?
- where we're/they're/it's at
- I want some figures that'll tell us exactly where we're at — quiero cifras que nos digan exactamente cómo andamos
- Responsibility for providing services at the airport is shared between the airport and the airline.
- She went back to her job as a teacher while I stayed at home with Louise.
- He made his first professional stage appearance in George Bernard Shaw's ‘The Devil's Disciple’ at the Gaiety Theatre.
2(in email addresses)arroba feminine
- Please send mail to zzsmith1 at strangemail dot net.
3(indicating direction)to point at sth/sb — señalar algo/a algn
- she aimed the gun at him — le apuntó con la pistola
- look out, someone's shooting at us! — ¡cuidado, nos están disparando!
- they were throwing stones at him — le estaban tirando piedras
- he smiled at me/her — me/le sonrió
- she was screaming at me to come back — me estaba gritando que volviera
- he banged at the door with his fists — aporreó la puerta con los puños
- How old was your baby when she smiled at you for the first time?
- As he entered the clubhouse he glanced at the pictures of famous yachts that hang on the walls.
- At the same moment, they shone a torch at me to identify me.
- A new credit card aimed at millions of low-income families is to charge interest at up to 70% - the highest ever charged by a credit card company.
4(indicating time)at 6 o'clock — a las seis
- you can't call at this time! — ¡no puedes llamar a esta hora / a estas horas!
- at noon/nightfall — a mediodía/al anochecer
- at Christmas — en Navidad
- at night — de noche
- at this stage in the game — a esta altura del partido
- at that very moment — en ese preciso instante
- at a later date — más tarde
- at the last count — en el último recuento
- where did you go at lunchtime? — ¿dónde fuiste a la hora de comer?
- at your age — a tu edad
- he left home at the age of 20 — se fue de casa a los 20 años
- There will be a complete blackout tonight at eleven o'clock.
- William appeared at half-past twelve.
- At Christmas we're always surrounded by lots of lovely food and drink.
- In the United States, more than 10,000 retailers across the country are opening their doors at midnight tonight solely to sell copies of the game and accessories.
- If you know of someone who is thinking of purchasing a rabbit at Easter, let them know it's a bad idea.
- Schools should lock children in at lunchtime to boost take-up of canteen meals, a catering expert claimed yesterday.
- It is important that people going out in London can get home safely at night, by public transport, black cab or licensed minicab.
5.1(indicating state)at a disadvantage — en desventaja
- at war/peace — en guerra/paz
- he wasn't at ease in her presence — no se sentía a gusto en su presencia
- traffic in town is at a standstill — el tráfico de la ciudad está paralizado
- at the mercy of the weather — a merced del tiempo
- at your disposal/command — a su disposición/sus órdenes
- People in lighter vehicles are at a disadvantage in collisions with heavier vehicles.
- That way I can record shows and listen to them at my leisure.
- I could not be really happy or be at peace living like that.
- Candidates with exposure to international trade and two years of editorial/writing experience in the electronics/computer industry would be at an advantage.
5.2(occupied with)people at work — gente trabajando
- children at play — niños jugando
- she's at dinner — está cenando
- what are you at? — ¿en qué andas?
- to be at it
- she's been hard at it studying all morning — ha estado toda la mañana dale que dale estudiando
- the neighbors are hard at it again! — ¡ya están otra vez los vecinos dale que dale!
- the children are at it again! — ¡los niños han vuelto a empezar!
- while you're at it you can wipe the table — ya que estás (en ello) pásale un trapo a la mesa
- to be at sth
- I know she's been at my things — sé que ha estado hurgando en mis cosas
- Joe's been at the brandy again — Joe le ha vuelto a dar al brandy
- to be (on) at sb — darle la lata a algn
- his wife's been on at him to stop smoking — su mujer le ha estado dando la lata para que deje de fumar
6.1(with measurements, numbers, rates etc)I'd put the crowd at 2,000 — yo diría que habría unas 2.000 personas
- they sell them at around $80/at half price — las venden a alrededor de $80/a mitad de precio
- three at a time — de tres en tres
- we sold it at a higher price — lo vendimos más caro
- at 80 mph/100 degrees — a 80 mph/100 grados
- to do something at a run — hacer algo corriendo
- at a trot — al trote
- at high temperatures — a altas temperaturas
- at a staggering seven foot two inches, she is the country's tallest woman athlete — con la asombrosa estatura de siete pies y dos pulgadas, es la atleta más alta del país
- at a depth of 200m — a una profundidad de 200m
- Water boils at one hundred degrees Celsius and at this point changes phase to become a gas, or steam.
- Prices start at £145 for 3 nights for 2 people for our winter weekends in Keeper's Cottage.
- Electrons move at a speed of a few kilometres per second through a circuit, whereas light travels at nearly 300,000 kilometres per second.
6.2(with superlative)at worst I'll have to give up my job — lo peor que puede pasar es que tenga que dejar el trabajo
- at the soonest — como muy pronto
- at the latest — a más tardar
- he was at his most amusing — estuvo más divertido que nunca / de lo más divertido
- bureaucracy at its most exasperating — la burocracia en su forma más exasperante
- French cooking at its best — lo mejor de la cocina francesa
- abstract art at its best — el arte abstracto en su expresión más depurada
7(because of)he was surprised at the decision — le sorprendió la decisión
- she smiled at their antics — sus travesuras le hicieron gracia
- no one laughed at the joke — nadie se rió con el chiste
- don't laugh at me! — ¡no te rías de mí!
- they cried at the news — lloraron al enterarse de la noticia
- they fled at the sound of footsteps — huyeron al oír pasos
- I faint at the sight of blood — me desmayo al ver sangre / cuando veo sangre
- at sb's request — a pedido de algn
- I did it at his insistence — lo hice porque él insistió
- his spirits rose at the thought of ... — se le levantaba el ánimo al pensar ...
8(concerning)she's good at her job — hace bien su trabajo
- she's hopeless at anything practical — es absolutamente negada para las cosas prácticas
- she's poor at French/Physics — no es muy buena en francés/física
- he's terrible at making speeches — es un pésimo orador
- I'm bad at organizing things — no sirvo para organizar cosas
- he's upset someone else now — yes, he's good at that — ha vuelto a disgustar a alguien — sí, se especializa en eso
- You're still going to need to be really good at what you do just to accomplish that.
- Women are said to be poor at reading maps.
- I was never any good at sports.
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