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(widespread, prevalent)(occurrence/mistake/name) común(name/occurrence/mistake) corrientethe common cold — el resfriado común
- (to be) in common use — (ser) de uso corriente
- it is very common for teenagers to feel misunderstood — es muy común que los adolescentes se sientan incomprendidos
- Another diver in the party spotted a John Dory, and these appear to be quite common in the area.
- One thing he's learned is that common weeds can treat everything from stomach aches to open wounds.
- Serious health problems are more common than people think.
- Given that my horticultural expertise is limited to identifying about a dozen of the more common flowers, it's a curious choice.
- Upper respiratory infections are common at this time of year so try to tighten up on hygiene.
- It is fairly common for university students, either during or after their education, to go abroad to teach.
- The sighting of the black neck crane and several other rare and common birds in the area kept my spirit and interest buoyant.
- In some countries, especially developing countries, certain diseases are common among the people.
- Depression is common in older adults, including those with Alzheimer's disease, and is often untreated.
- On the M40 they have replaced the kestrel as the common bird of prey.
- Crab spiders are common and occur in fairly high numbers on most crops and garden plants.
- Today it is common to see men taking care of their children in public.
- Stories like these have become increasingly common on college campuses.
- When children fight, it is common for a general sense of tension to spread throughout the group.
- One thing is certain the once common cuckoo is now very rare indeed.
- A fairly common species all over India, the barn owls have adapted well to our cities.
- Late financial statements, reports or tax returns are the most common occurrences.
- Rose, gladiolus, carnation and dahlia are some of the common flowers that are in style with customers.
- The idea that if it's legal then it must be safe is a very common misconception.
- In rural areas, it is common for three or more generations to live in the same household.
- Recurrent symptoms were particularly common in younger patients.
- Anemia is a very common cause of fatigue.
- Reports indicate that it is common practice to lock students inside dormitories at night.
- In the past it was common to find quite different spellings for the same locality.
- Priority species such as the song thrush, ring plover and reed bunting birds are now common there.
- Contact with hot items, chemicals or electricity are also fairly common causes of the burn injury.
- Acorns come from oak trees, which were a very common tree in Medieval England.
- No experience is needed, although you need to be able to identify common trees and shrubs.
- Turtles are common, and the reef is packed with octopuses.
- We have taken advice from the contractors who advise there is no need to put signs up and this is common practice for public places.
- On the radio they are saying the gale-force winds we've had today are common for this time of year.
- However, the affordability of healthy food is difficult for the common masses.
- Rats were very common in towns and cities and lead to the Black Death of 1348 to 1349.
- The common weed Hypericum perforatum or St John's wort is an altogether friendlier type of plant.
- ‘Can't somebody do something about all this?’ was the common refrain.
- Grouse are common birds in Ontario forests and are one of the tastiest as well.
- This large and beautiful shrub is so common in Alabama that we forget what a regional specialty it is.
- Wooden houses are common along the Caspian coast.
- My parents always had feeders up, so I knew what all the common birds were when I was relatively small.
- Three types of sharks are common in the area: the sand tiger shark, bull shark and scalloped hammerhead.
- Grouse, ravens and buzzards may be seen, and red deer are common.
1.2(average, normal)(soldier) rasothe common man — el hombre medio / de la calle
- the common people — la gente común y corriente
- I was treated like a common criminal — me trataron como a un vulgar delincuente
- it's common decency — es una cuestión de elemental (buena) educación
- She replied bluntly, not bothering with the common courtesy Elizabeth expected.
- Gordon Brown will get a lot more respect by forgetting the flags and getting on with a more familiar agenda of common decency.
- He is Prime Minister, and therefore has a duty to rise above the ordinary concerns, fears and prejudices of the common man.
- For them, common decency has no place in a fight for their cause.
- Life in the city for the common people is a relentless struggle to keep out of trouble and keep your head above water.
- It was clear from their dress that this was no common day.
- Yet, because the common mass of humanity was so far beneath him, he had nothing but contempt for it.
- Why isn't there a diet for the common folks who want results fast?
- It is, in a way, the only menace with multiple potentials to perturb the normal life of the common man.
- She is divided between the class system; she is both an educated reader and a common worker.
- Instead, in the supposed century of the common man, the poor man's king largely disappears from serious history.
- Their members came from the ranks of the common people, and their worship was personal and full of emotion.
- The bad news is that there will inevitably be job losses in the hundreds, if not thousands, among the ranks of common bank workers.
- It is unfair to employers, too, whose interests are not overriding but are nonetheless owed common honesty.
- Despite their variety, some of the better memoirs come from the perspective of the common soldier.
- Alert to the yearnings of the common man, they knew their security of position depended utterly on restraining the horde.
- They depend upon the social concern and common decency of ordinary people.
- Because it is difficult work then - not anyone of the rest of us normal common folks can understand Law.
- We still think that we produce really high-quality product, but we also produce enough of it and cheap enough that common people can afford it.
- The translation of the whole Bible into English for the common people began only with John Wycliffe.
- Should the poet suppress or remove subtleties of thought that are over the head of the common reader?
- Colin suggested that Mr Kenny consider sending him on a ‘crash course for basic manners and common courtesy.’
1.3(low-class, vulgar)(accent/person/behavior) ordinario
- These days, however, Labour ministers probably make tycoons feel positively common.
- Any more of those f-words and God forbid they might start thinking about letting rough common children into these private tennis clubs.
- Smoking is also quite tacky, it makes you look cheap and common.
- They don't look any different from regular clerks or salesmen, with their plain clothes and common haircuts.
- Oh, nothing would surprise them when it came to that common little harlot.
- Then, from our comfortable seats, we raised a glass at the ranks of common buses.
- Cliff is just too common to be accepted into a world dominated by the likes of long-standing regional bowls champion Ray Smith.
- Bryan was a vulgar and common man, a cad undiluted.
- Tales of playing bridge and how dreadfully common the South of France has become for holidays conclude with the observation that ‘scientists are the new rock and roll stars’.
- It's almost as common and vulgar as chewing gum while you're serving customers.
2.1(shared, mutual)(characteristic/ownership/interests) comúnMathematics (factor/multiple/divisor) comúncommon wall — medianera feminine
- common ground — puntos en común / de coincidencia
- to be common to sth — ser común a algo
- this characteristic is common to several species — es una característica común a varias especies
- Two positive integers always have a greatest common divisor, even if they have only one common divisor, 1.
- The partnership reflects our common heritage and position in Bradford.
- All three are human systems and all three share characteristics common to human systems.
- The Philippines lacks a common language and about eighty languages and dialects are spoken in the islands.
- In the event of an imminent threat of war, the two parties would take a common defense position.
- This can only be possible if there are entry and exit points recognised by countries sharing common borders.
- One problem which is also common to other isolated islands is a shortage of cold fresh water.
- But the problem is the lack of common agreement on just what the governments do regard as terrorism.
- Two quantities are considered correlated when they are affected by a common quantity.
- I wanted to run with the pack of cousins and friends in the common yard that connected all our properties.
- Brazil shares common borders with 10 other countries in South America.
- In civil cases, experts are now invited to work out common positions and identify areas of disagreement before they go into court.
- This type of moral narrative appears to have been common to Near Eastern civilizations.
- I regret that in our own country there has been a lamentable lack of interest in our common European inheritance.
- In fact, there will not be a Fibonacci number as a common factor between two neighbouring Fibonacci's for the same reason.
- Now, I'd probably get bored by our lack of common interests and go out with a librarian instead.
- A common thread through most of the stories is the support from the family.
- Euclid's Elements is full of algorithms for geometry, including one to find the greatest common divisor of two numbers.
- The similarity exists but is not likely to be an indication of common ancestry.
- I don't know how to do the least common multiple and the least common denominator.
- Most boys my age I found to be a total mystery, and I could find little common interest.
- Finding a common enemy is the simplest way to unite a people.
- He seemed to me to be really old, but even in death to be lacking in that common frailty I tended to view all the elderly as possessing.
- Thus we can say there is empirical support for the existence of the last common ancestor.
- The European Union is supposed to have a common foreign policy.
2.2(public)common land — tierras comunales feminine
1(land)terreno perteneciente al municipio, antiguamente zona de pastoreo de la comunidadsee also Commons
- It is about allocating space on the commons or in public areas.
- It says the council's primary role is to maintain the commons as a public amenity, rather than restore the area as a heathland habitat.
- If you open up the commons for everyone to graze their sheep, one person is going to go get their whole flock.
- There were, though, efforts to assert property rights within the commons and, apparently, to remove some trees from the commons.
- Many of the parks and commons have Management Groups made up of local users.
- It will be designed to protect its amenities and preserve its open nature as a public common.
- Maybe it is time that the Council reviewed the laws that govern our parks and commons.
- Some things would be free, such as fruit from trees planted on the commons.
- In fact, it is a business that in our view involves people in businesses being able to make a private profit from an activity conducted on, and in, the public commons.
- The general parceling out led to the disappearance of the commons when the land not divided among landowners was given to the crown.
- In Lincolnshire people opposing encroachments on rights of commons emphasized the law of the land as the basis of their claim.
- Miller was tacitly in favour of the open landscape, if his vivid and often sentimental descriptions of the surrounding open fields, commons and wastes are anything to go by.
- This statement of aims, if adopted, will greatly enhance the appeal of the commons for the public, while at the same time protecting and expanding the flora and fauna that inhabit these public open spaces.
- The various reactions to the perceived enclosure of the commons summarized above come at the problem from different angles.
- The actuality is a privatisation of the commons.
- Regan said: ‘Men are often robbed and attacked while using London's parks and commons.’
- When we were living in wagons on the commons we had a bullet come through a windscreen.
- The council is responsible for maintaining more than 100 parks, open spaces, commons and woodlands which attract around five million visitors a year.
- Whenever the local lairds tried to graze their beasts on the Selkirk commons hundreds of folk would turn out to drive them off.
- Therefore, George advocated allowing landowners to keep a small percentage of the land rent, mainly to avoid the prospect of having all unimproved land revert to the commons.
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