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(almost)casiI'm nearly ready — estoy casi listo
- it was nearly midnight — era casi medianoche
- I nearly said something rude — estuve a punto de decir una grosería
- she very nearly died — por poco / casi se muere
- we're very nearly there — ya falta poco para llegar
- When I went on Friday I was nearly screaming with pain when he tried to stretch my back.
- It was put into practice at the centre nearly two years ago and has proved its worth.
- I seem to have added an extra one and a half miles onto my distance, and nearly doubled my trip time.
- After nearly two hours we knew what the problem was - but hadn't found a way to solve it.
- He once had a slender girlfriend with a mop of hair and a crooked, pale, nearly pretty face.
- Last week he was finally kicked out of the band he founded and he has been disowned by nearly all of his family.
- One fireman spent nearly ten minutes using his hands to dig the frightened youth out of the mud.
- The rise and fall of the bustle spans nearly the whole of the nineteenth century.
- The effort has been put into developing tools to create nearly anything you can imagine.
- He led me into an alcove and stood close to me, so close our faces were nearly touching.
- Something I saw made me laugh out aloud and I was nearly rewarded with a smack in the mouth.
- By the time we'd ascertained that my partner was very happy with his lot, he was nearly home.
- The attempt nearly succeeded as he was close to being able to get his head through the hole.
- Yet another animal has been added to the list of those abused on a nearly unimaginable scale.
- He transported the nearly finished work to another small studio, a few blocks away.
- He'd tried to eat during his break but was so breathless that he nearly collapsed.
- He said that when he first saw Lucky's face in the vets it nearly broke his heart.
- The fact that nearly a quarter of respondents saw through the bias is itself impressive.
- The odds are even worse for the Dogans, who had nearly exhausted all avenues for appeal.
- This is the basic physics, but Einstein said it nearly gave him a nervous breakdown.
- The buildings of New York take quite a beating and nearly disappear in a fusion fireball.
- It was so nice when my mum and sister came to England and stayed with me for nearly 6 months.
- Hearst did not see the joke, and the film was nearly destroyed before it could be released.
1.2not nearly — ni con mucho
- the exam wasn't nearly as difficult as I'd expected — el examen no fue ni con mucho tan difícil como esperaba
- I didn't prepare nearly enough food — no preparé ni con mucho suficiente comida
- her performance isn't nearly good enough — su actuación no es, ni con mucho, satisfactoria
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