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(concentration)atención feminine(could I have your) attention, please! — ¡atención, por favor!
- to hold sb's attention — mantener la atención de algn
- to pay attention to sth/sb — prestarle atención a algo/algn
- he doesn't pay attention — no presta atención
- they have turned their attention to the European market — han pasado a concentrar su atención en el mercado europeo
- When the Osprey moved on, we turned our attention to the numerous sparrows moving around the field and hedgerow.
- I then briefly turned my attention to the television and saw that he was watching some kind of war movie.
- As she turned her attention to the people behind her, she realized they had stopped talking.
- He turned his attentions to spray painting as a technique and exhibited those works in Bangalore in 1990.
- My attention constantly drifted off after I wrote each sentence.
- An avid cricketer when young, he has now turned his attention to polo.
- Using a preface statement gives me a chance to refocus my attention.
- The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
- But before I could open the door, the sound of a car pulling up the gravel driveway behind me distracted my attention.
- She merely dropped her smile, opened her folder and turned her attention to her schedule.
- At that point he dismissed me as being past redemption and turned his attention to someone else passing by.
- He studied law in London, but quickly turned his attention to writing.
- Rafael glanced at her for a second then turned his attention to the road again.
- The lights and decorations have long since attracted the attentions of locals but now it seems even tourists are taking memories of them home.
- It was while in exile in Malaysia in the 90s, that they turned their attention to Australia.
- By June local readers had turned their attention to the European elections.
- At first, he thought it was a aeroplane, because the airport was not far away, but its path and its behavior attracted his attention.
- Not that such considerations made any difference when we turned our attention to the menu.
- I've recently seen some news that caught my attention.
1.2(notice)atención feminineto attract attention — llamar la atención
- to attract sb's attention — atraer la atención de algn
- children do that to get / attract attention — los niños hacen eso para que se les haga caso / para que se les preste atención
- see if you can catch his attention — a ver si logras atraer su atención
- you always have to be the center of attention! — ¡siempre tienes que ser el centro de atención!
- don't pay any attention to her, she's only teasing — no le hagas caso, te está tomando el pelo
- to bring / call sth to sb's attention — informar a algn de algo
- it has been brought to my attention or it has come to my attention that … — me han informado / me he enterado de que …
- I'd like to draw attention to the fact that … — quisiera hacerles notar que …
- I didn't want to draw attention to myself — no quería llamar la atención
- this incident has drawn attention away from the central issue — este incidente ha apartado / desviado la atención de la cuestión central
- Dr Purver said she had hoped the bullying would go away if she drew attention to it.
- He drew attention to the things he observed by asking his sons what they thought was happening.
- A police helicopter circling overhead drew attention to the scene.
- It drew attention to the plight of one pregnant woman constantly made to work excessive hours.
- He also drew attention to the huge cost of implementing the legislation.
- Uppermost is paying attention to what is going on there, so I can come home and tell a story that in some way or other is useful to the community.
- Several speakers drew attention to other victims of police killings and repression.
- He drew attention to three important interrelated factors which he regarded as peculiar to arbitration agreements.
- I should have paid attention to what kind of flower this is.
- One caller drew attention to the fact that very many immigrant workers are exploited and abused.
- At the same time I drew attention to the removal of bus services.
- It isn't civilised to draw attention to what divides the human race.
- He also drew attention to the increased number of youths congregating on school sites after dark to drink.
- Is that the only passage in which the trial judge drew attention to his interest in the outcome of the proceedings?
- While not a big box office hit, it drew attention to Babi's unconventional Western looks and she won dozens of subsequent roles.
- It attracted a lot of attention confirming the interest in the whole area of child minding.
- I listened with great care and attention to a detailed and lengthy statement from the prime minister.
- He also drew attention to the problem of the unacceptable level of absenteeism at the company's Carlow plant.
- Youre not paying attention.
- In his keynote address, the mayor drew attention to the hardships faced by the elderly.
1.3(care)atención femininehe needs to show greater attention to detail — tiene que ser más minucioso
- the problem will receive our prompt attention — el problema recibirá nuestra inmediata atención
- the engine needs attention — el motor necesita algunos ajustes / arreglos
- the paint work needs some attention — hay que retocar la pintura
- for the attention of the Sales Department — a la atención del departamento de ventas
- The guy likes being in the hospital and getting all that personal care and attention.
- They live for an incredibly long time and need a lot of care and attention, but they are great companions and very dependable.
- It's a funny and exhilarating movie, which has evidently been made with much care and attention.
- Obviously, it was just a sign of his lack of care and attention, after all, strimming edges is hardly rocket science, is it?!
- All it needs now is regular care and attention to keep it neat and trim.
- This is a wonderful experience for both the host family and the child and all it costs is some love, care and attention.
- Is constant care and attention the only way to hang on to your husband?
- However we are not directing our attentions purely at this market.
- Many were the hours and days she put in faithfully attending to her work with great care and attention to detail.
- Anyone with a medical problem will then be provided with a referral for appropriate medical care and attention.
- We help patients decide if a problem requires medical attention or even hospital care.
- A little extra care and attention to the problem will make the difference.
- He also admitted driving without due care and attention and was fined £250 and had his licence endorsed.
- But there are a few compensations, not least the care and attention she receives.
- Accidents happen because of somebody's lack of care and attention.
- Since then, they have turned their attention to fixing roads and keeping people fed.
- She soon managed to move out of the refuge and turned her attention to following her dream.
- Their house reflects care and attention, as does their large, beautiful garden.
- They stand next to some council flats now looking shamefully in need of care and attention next to their spanking new neighbours.
- We have teachers and principals who would rather not be bothered with those who need extra attention and care.
- He pleaded guilty to nine offences of causing unnecessary suffering by failing to provide proper care and attention.
- A great deal of care and attention was paid to the little details that do so much to make the production look authentic.
- It's so great to see some care and attention given to a TV cartoon, what with the hand painted backgrounds and all.
- Nationally, the figures showed a huge rise in the number of animals not getting the most basic care and attention.
- These patients require the same attention and care as those who meet all the criteria.
2attentions plural(of admirer)atenciones feminine
- She seemed to be somewhat jealous of the fact that my attentions were divided equally among everyone else in the office and not just at her.
- Flattered by the attentions of the young lord, Antonello admits him to his studio.
- Men harassers prefer to force their unwanted attentions on strangers in public amusement places.
- Flattered by the officer's attentions, the girl, who was being bullied at school, did not report the incidents.
- She said that after about a year, and as a result of the girl doing her best to resist his advances, Richards turned his attentions to another girl.
- Obviously he was flattered at the attentions of such a young and attractive woman.
- It felt good to be out and about and she wouldn't deny that she was flattered by Ollie's attentions.
3Militaryto come / stand to attention — ponerse en posición de firme(s)
- to stand at attention — estar firme(s)
- I hear the squeak of his boots and when I turn around, he is standing at attention.
- Back injuries, caused by the long periods of standing at attention, are a problem.
- Peter quickly sidled in front of Marsh and stood to attention.
- The guards stood at attention, eyeing the crowd to make sure that all had bowed.
- When we arrived a soldier stood at attention and bowed when the prince entered.
- What had he done now, he wondered, as he stood at attention in his Captain's cabin.
- He had apparently forgotten the rules of standing at attention.
- Their eyes slowly roved over the group of soldiers standing at attention beyond the podium.
- They stood to attention in full Legion dress and led the small crowd in a moment's silent reflection.
- Two suits of armour stood to attention at the foot of a wide oak staircase.
- Two guards either side of the castle doors stood to attention, their eyes scouring the Teger men fiercely.
- Cao threw up a salute and stood at attention as the superior officer stopped in front of him.
- Guards standing to attention on parade could become quite faint in temperatures that could reach 100 degrees in summer.
- When police vehicles fail to stop for you, you are required to stand at attention and salute the officers as they speed past.
- We stood at attention, and gave the proper salute when meeting a fellow soldier.
- The honor guard took the casket off the airplane, as we all stood at attention, saluting.
- The eight were out of the beds and out of their rooms at attention in less than ten seconds.
- He stood at attention and looked straight ahead without expression as each verdict was read out at Fort Hood, Texas.
- The sentinel still stood at attention directly under the lantern, not moving but to breathe.
- Inside, the guards were no longer lounging about with a bored air but stood at attention next to the body.
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