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(as form of address)señorcaballeroprofesor Britishseñor Britishhave they arrived, sergeant? — yes, sir — ¿ya han llegado, sargento? — sí, mi teniente (or mi capitán etc.)
- Private Atkins! — Sir! — ¡soldado Atkins! — ¡a la orden mi teniente (or mi sargento etc.)!
- As you know, my kind sir, I make rounds of the pupils once a year, checking their grades, and their accomplishments.
- Audibly, he said, ‘It is my honor, kind sirs, and madam, to welcome you to my home'.
- Do you have any idea how fast you were going, sir?
- We heard you say you want to get on with your life, but, with all due respect, sir, getting on with our lives isn't an option.
- Excuse me, sir / madam, may I see some identification, please?
- ‘Here is where your horses will be stabled, sirs,’ the stable boy said, opening the pen with a bow.
- It's all going according to our master plan, sirs!
- When I look nicer and more stylish, people tend to respect me more, address me as sir, give me better service, and all kinds of things.
- I'm sorry, sirs, but you do not appear to be suitably attired to dine at this establishment.
- I'm more than ready to get back to work, sir, but I did not mean to usurp your authority.
- He cleared his throat before saying, ‘Excuse me, sirs, but if you don't calm down, we're going to have to ask you to leave.’
- ‘Here you are, ladies, sirs,’ she said, smiling as she slid a platter before each diner, until her tray was empty.
- She turned around and asked of the man, ‘Excuse me, sir, but do you know if that café next door is any good?’
- Excuse me, sir, but that is none of your business.
- Lily's head bobbed up and down as she tried to get the man's attention, ‘Excuse me, sir?’
- ‘With all due respect, sir, that is not necessary,’ retorted the Coalition soldier.
- Well, my good sirs, it appears that, even though we have reported otherwise, the radical threat is still upon us.
- I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger.
- ‘Please excuse me, sirs,’ Julian said quietly, then slipped away as discreetly as he could.
- ‘She had the devil in her, sirs,’ Parson Evans sighed and put away his handkerchief.
1.2(in formal letters)Dear Sir/Sirs — Muy señor mío/señores míos
- (to editor of paper) Sir — Señor Director
- Sir, the Government's obviously concerned you're going to try and shoot the animals.
- Dear Sir / Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites.
- Dear Sir, I know you will be surprised to read from me, but please consider this letter as a request from a family in dire need of assistance.
- Dear Sir, With regards to your plan to turn a block of six flats into a hotel, the council feels that there are numerous problems with the application.
- Dear Sir / Madam, We look for serious buyer for a coal mining exploration company.
- Dear Sir - We exiles here in Britain hope you will kindly publish this to let people at home know how we are supporting our national game.
- Dear Sir, I can only agree with Mr. Duffy's assessment of guitarists as people of low esteem.
- Dear Sir, Godfrey Horsecroft has generously permitted me to reply on his behalf to the unkind letter from a Mr Ruttmold which you published last week.
- Sir, we did not find any evidence of a policy or a direct order given to these soldiers to conduct what they did.
- Dear Sir, my address this afternoon consists of six parts.
2Sir(as title)sir masculineSir Lancelot — el caballero Lanzarote
- Sir George Payne — sir George Payne
3.1British (teacher)el profe informal
3.2British humorous (person in authority)el jefe
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