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(quality/method/price/doctor) mejorhis tennis is better now — ahora juega mejor al tenis
- he's better at playing the guitar than at singing — toca la guitarra mejor de lo que canta
- fruit's much better for you than candy — la fruta es mucho más sana que los caramelos
- I've got an even better idea — tengo una idea aún mejor
- things couldn't be better — todo va de maravilla
- I'll just take these shoes off … ah, that's better — me voy a quitar los zapatos … ¡uf … qué alivio!
- what do you think of the wine? — I've tasted better — ¿qué te parece el vino? — los he probado mejores
- to get better — mejorar
- her playing gets better and better — cada vez toca mejor
- the bigger/quicker the better — cuanto más grande/rápido mejor
- the less said about it the better — cuanto menos se hable del tema mejor
- the garden looks all the better for the rain — la lluvia le ha venido bien al jardín
- if they can both come, so much the better — si pueden venir los dos, mucho / tanto mejor
- I feel none the better for knowing that she has failed as well — no es ningún consuelo saber que ella tampoco lo ha logrado
- she's little better than a thief — es poco menos que una ladrona
- she's no better than a thief — es una ladrona, ni más ni menos
- have you got nothing better to do than … ? — ¿no tienes nada mejor que hacer que … ?
- he's moved on to better things since then — desde entonces se ha superado mucho
- to be better than one's word — cumplir con creces lo prometido
- to go one better
- I can go one better: I'll give you interest-free credit — yo puedo hacerle una oferta aún mejor: le doy crédito sin interés
- not content with that, she decided to go one better — no satisfecha con eso, decidió ir aún más lejos
- he always has to go one better than everyone else — siempre tiene que ser más que nadie
- There has never been a better time for singles to take advantage of their solo status.
- The runner up came from a long way back and should be seen to better advantage over an extended trip.
- The high street is getting better at delivering good, fashionable styles and is great for an instant trend hit.
- The movement that has always been best at spontaneity is going to have to become better at synthesis.
- Swindon is getting better at recycling but is still not good enough.
- Every girl has something on her mind that she wishes she were better at, or did less or more of.
- In actual fact we'll get better at doing all this stuff in future years, right?
- As usual, expect me to steal many of Marcia's links, because she's much better at finding them than I am.
- It's better to go on to Bloworth Crossing, my favourite junction on the moors.
- Both the winner and the runner-up will be seen to better advantage over a longer trip.
- Will he also explain how a fair tax burden delivers appropriate and better public services?
- We have the potential to be heard better, so we should take advantage of this.
- I can't skip rope worth a damn, so this is one of the first things they're way better at than I am.
- Get someone else to do it preferably someone who is better at it than you are.
- Blood is better at killing bacteria than muscle, so addicts who insist on injecting are being told to hit a vein instead.
- Unfortunately he's better at Playstation than I am, so I don't think I won anything.
- So you have the better advantage of learning a new art form and keeping in good shape.
- Instead, his flight team altered his projected route to take advantage of better winds.
- Apparently it's better to be in favour of marriage than to be against outrageous idiocy.
- I think in these past five years, Mike and I have gotten much better at setting up grooves.
- I'll give it more thought, and try to present you with a better argument for the advantages.
- Do you think it is better to be tall or short?
- Darling's HOV lane is typical of a government better at style than substance.
- Such rates will be relied on, however, only where no better guide is appropriate or available.
- So I thought it would be better to wait a little longer and have an appropriate time to do it.
- For the future, there has to be a better way of approving major municipal borrowing decisions.
- So we are getting better at it, but when someone comes after you, you have to go back at them.
- Is it better to turn my computer off when I am not using it or leave it on all the time?
- We are getting better at being variety conscious, and supermarkets must display the variety at point of sale.
- Now they defiantly had a bigger advantage, and a better chance of winning.
- It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
- Kim wasn't there, but luckily we're getting better at managing problems on our own.
- Ever a favourite of mine, her eyeshadows have never been better.
- It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.
- Now does that mean we all can't be a little better at what we do or be a little more responsible?
- Smaller, lighter cars are much better at taking evasive action and are therefore much less likely to crash at all.
- They need to be more focused and the Irish are getting better at it, she says.
- Maybe Microsoft just happens to be truly better at security than Linux?
- What better time to take advantage of the tranquility and beauty of Siam Country Club!
- My message is that hostility can be turned to our advantage if we're better, smarter, wiser at the end of the season.
1.2(more suitable, desirable)(plan/suggestion/date) mejorit would be better to go by plane — sería mucho mejor ir en avión
- the matter is better forgotten — lo mejor será olvidar el asunto
2(recovered from illness)to be better — estar mejor
- I'm better again — ya estoy mejor
- it took him months to get better — tardó meses en mejorarse / recuperarse
- I am/feel much better than I was — estoy/me siento mucho mejor (que antes)
1mejorshe swims better than I do / than me — nada mejor que yo
- we get on better than we used to — nos llevamos mejor que antes
- you can have it for five dollars: I can't do better than that, can I? — te lo dejo en cinco libras; más no me puedes pedir ¿no?
- I can see better from here — desde aquí veo mejor
- we'd've done better to wait — hubiera sido mejor esperar
- they did better out of the deal than they admit — salieron mejor parados con el acuerdo de lo que pretenden
- no one was better liked than he was — nadie era tan querido como él
- he thinks he knows better — (se) cree que sabe más
- at the last moment he thought better of it and … — a último momento cambió de idea / lo pensó mejor y …
- hadn't you better phone them? — ¿no deberías llamarlos?
- I'd better leave before it gets dark — va a ser mejor que me vaya antes de que oscurezca
- well, I'd better be off — bueno, me tengo que ir
- you'd better do exactly as I say — más te vale hacer exactamente lo que yo te diga
- you'd better not complain! — ¡más te vale no quejarte!
- you'd better believe it! — ¡como lo oyes!
3US(more)másit cost me better than $100 to repair — me costó más de 100 dólares arreglarlo
1(superior of two)the better — el mejor
- he is the better of the two brothers at swimming — de los dos hermanos es el que mejor nada
- for the better — para bien
- he's changed — and for the better! — ha cambiado — ¡y para bien!
- things took a turn for the better — las cosas dieron un giro positivo
- to get the better of sb/sth — ganarle la batalla a algn/algo
- my curiosity got the better of me — la curiosidad fue más fuerte que yo / pudo más que yo
2(superiors)superioreshis elders and betters — sus mayores
3(gambler)apostador masculineapostadora feminine
1(improve)(conditions/lot) mejorar(chances) aumentarto better oneself — superarse
2(surpass)(score/record) mejorar(record/score) superar
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