In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The bad news is that popular sentiment in this matter is rather nationalistic.
- Some of the monkeys were friendly, but others were behaving rather oddly.
- Yet however good it is, it seems rather tame compared to the provocative brilliance of his earlier work.
- It's rather a good speech, ruined by his quite astonishingly poor delivery.
- Alex, who is rather arrogant and unpleasant, begins to receive strange text messages.
- It was, rather strangely, his extensive knowledge of astrology that led to his first appointment.
- He expected her to be panicking but in fact she thought it was quite funny and was rather proud that she managed to swim to the edge.
- At first glance, this seems a rather odd sort of charge to make, but it carries a good deal of weight.
- It's left me feeling rather insecure, and slightly terrified of the future.
- The result is that the special relationship is rather like a marriage - for better or worse.
- It is entertaining to read but seems rather trivial in comparison with its predecessor.
- No, he prefers his rather hazy studio playhouse to the glitz of Parisian nightlife.
- In fact, the only communication he appears to have made on the matter was in a rather short letter two years ago.
- It was rather unpleasant, but yet it sounded like the laugh of a person you could trust.
- I didn't post about my Suffolk adventures yesterday, as quite frankly I was rather tired.
- Despite the rather grisly subject matter, it is a fascinating subject.
- I was robbed of my walk today, kept indoors by a steady, rather unpleasant rain.
- We went to see Daredevil last night, a fairly good, if rather violent, superhero movie.
- At that moment he smelt a rather strong and very unpleasant smell.
- Evidence suggests that today's troubled teenagers are rather more well behaved.
1.1(stating preference)I'd rather walk than go by bus — prefiero andar a ir en autobús
- I'd rather not — preferiría no hacerlo (/ no ir etc. )
- I'd rather you didn't smoke — preferiría que no fumaras
- I'd rather not think about that — prefiero no pensar en eso
- which would you rather have, an apple or an orange? — ¿qué prefieres, una manzana o una naranja?
- I'd do anything rather than give up dancing — haría cualquier cosa antes que dejar de bailar
- I'd rather die than … — preferiría morir a …
- rather you than me! — ¡menos mal que eres tú y no yo!
1.2(more precisely)we're acquaintances rather than friends — no somos amigos, más bien conocidos
- she has a shop, or rather a stall — tiene una tienda, o mejor dicho un puesto
1.3(instead)he wasn't upset about it; rather, he was relieved — no estaba disgustado sino más bien aliviado
2bastantealgoun pocoit's rather a long way — queda bastante lejos
- it's rather a / a rather good book — el libro es bastante bueno / no está nada mal
- she looks rather like Janet — se parece algo / un poco a Janet
- I rather suspect you're right — yo diría que tienes razón
- I rather think that … — me da la impresión / tengo la sensación de que …
- are you tired? — yes, I am, rather — ¿estás cansado? — sí, bastante
1Britishdated, informal¡ya lo creo!¡por supuesto!
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