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(unstated number or type)unosunassome tourists asked me the way to the station — unos turistas me preguntaron cómo se llegaba a la estación
- there were some boys/girls in the park — había unos / algunos niños/unas / algunas niñas en el parque
- she obtained some interesting results — obtuvo (algunos / unos) resultados interesantes
- we met some Italians — conocimos a unos italianos
- I need some new shoes/scissors — necesito (unos) zapatos nuevos/una tijera nueva
- would you like some cherries? — ¿quieres (unas) cerezas?
- there are some good restaurants around here — por aquí hay buenos restaurantes
1.2(unstated quantity or type)some paint fell on my head — me cayó (un poco de) pintura en la cabeza
- I found some money in the street — me encontré dinero en la calle
- you'll need some Canadian currency — vas a necesitar algo de dinero canadiense
- I can give you some information — te puedo dar (alguna) información
- let's go home and have some dinner — vayamos a casa a cenar
- I played some tennis while I was at college — cuando estaba en la universidad jugué un poco al tenis
- they played some Debussy/jazz — tocaron algo de Debussy/un poco de jazz
- I will require some further proof — voy a necesitar más pruebas
- would you like some coffee? — ¿quieres café?
- could you do some typing for me? — ¿podrías pasarme algo/algunas cosas a máquina?
2(a, one)algúnalgunathey owe us some sort of explanation — nos deben algún tipo de explicación
- some compromise may still be found — todavía puede llegarse a un acuerdo
- there must be some way to reach him — alguna manera tiene que haber de ponerse en contacto con él
- some day I'll get my revenge — ya me vengaré algún día
- some day soon — un día de estos
- some guy came up to me — se me acercó un tipo
- some idiot left the window open — algún / un idiota dejó la ventana abierta
3.1(particular, not all)algunosalgunasI like some modern artists — algunos artistas modernos me gustan
- unlike some other beaches along the coast — a diferencia de algunas otras playas de la costa
- I work hard, unlike some people I could mention — yo trabajo mucho, no como algunos / como ciertas personas que yo conozco
- some people never learn — hay gente que no aprende nunca
3.2(part of, not whole)some German wine is red, but most is white — Alemania produce algunos vinos tintos pero la mayoría son blancos
- some Shakespeare is very rarely performed — algunas obras de Shakespeare no se representan casi nunca
- I enjoy some of her music, but not all — me gustan algunas de sus composiciones, pero no todas
4.1(not many, a few)algunosalgunasbuy some apples, but not too many — compra algunas manzanas, pero no demasiadas
4.2(not much, a little)un poco deI'd like some meat, but not too much — quisiera un poco de carne, pero no demasiada
- you could show some consideration! — ¡podrías tener un poco de consideración!
5.1(several, many)she's been bed-ridden for some years now — hace años que está postrada en cama
- some few problems remain to be discussed — quedan bastantes problemas por tratar
5.2(large amount of)we've known each other for quite some time now — ya hace mucho (tiempo) que nos conocemos
- it's some distance from here — queda a un buen trecho / a bastante distancia de aquí
- there'll be some celebrating in Wales tonight — esta noche sí que habrá fiesta en Gales
6.1informal (expressing appreciation)that's some car you've got! — ¡qué cochazo tienes!
- that was some party! — ¡ésa sí que fue una fiesta!
6.2informal (stressing remarkable, ridiculous nature)that was some exam! — ¡vaya examen!
- the journey was quite some experience — el viaje fue toda una experiencia
- you do ask some questions! — ¡haces cada pregunta!
6.3informal (expressing irony)some present! I had to pay for it! — ¡qué regalo ni qué regalo! ¡lo tuve que pagar yo!
- some friend you are! — ¡qué buen amigo eres!
1.1(a number of things or people)algunosalgunashave you seen any taxis? — yes, I saw some near the station — ¿has visto algún taxi? — sí, vi algunos cerca de la estación
- there are no carrots left; we'll have to buy some — no quedan zanahorias; vamos a tener que comprar (algunas)
- Some of what we call horns and antlers are made of keratin, and some are made of calcium.
- There was a time when some of the shopkeepers made a living, and some bought the premises they traded in.
- Moreover, there has never been anything on the web that some people have liked and some haven't.
- Some parts were scary, and some were confusing at first but it all makes sense in the end.
- Some of the coins were made into boxes with one or two coins, and some were put in to plaques.
- While some have migrated, there are scores who have decided to stay put and fight on.
- Some of the songs are about me, some are not but I don't want people to know which ones!
- This will a great free day out watching some of the finest trials riders doing something different.
- Instead it is a rejection of the view of some on the left that socialism consists of a defeat of liberal democracy.
- I think some have not been as strong in denouncing these acts as they should have been.
- Many of these people are pensioners and young families, some on low incomes and often without a car.
- Some of these changes have had a positive effect on rural Carlow while some have not.
- He might be able to take some of them to a different level of performance.
- It seems to consist of three flavours and, after every bite, the boy then smears some on his chest.
- There were some that were signed by both of us, and there were others that were unsigned, and he now has them all.
- A large number of protesters were drinking beer and wine, and some were obviously drunk.
- Some of the things which are done by a man like us are intellectual, and some are sensible and bodily.
- Some of the tales are clearly Buddhist in origin, some are taken from earlier folklore.
- Indeed, some have turned out to be British citizens who were living here perfectly legally.
- Some of the groups are very radical indeed - and some want to provoke the countries into war.
1.2(an amount)there's no salt left; we'll have to buy some — no queda sal; vamos a tener que comprar
- if you need money, I can lend you some — si necesitas dinero, yo te puedo prestar (un poco)
2.1(a number of a group)algunosalgunassome are mine and the others belong to Peter — algunos son míos y los otros son de Peter
- I've washed the cherries: would you like some? — he lavado las cerezas: ¿quieres (algunas)?
- some of the cups are chipped — algunas de las tazas están cascadas
2.2(part of an amount)some of what I've written — algo / parte de lo que he escrito
- the coffee's ready: would you like some? — el café está listo: ¿quieres?
- some of my equipment is still in Tulsa — parte de mi equipo está todavía en Tulsa
- some of it reminds me of Shakespeare — en partes me recuerda a Shakespeare
3(certain people)algunosalgunassome say that … — algunos dicen que …
- for some, money is all-important — para algunos, el dinero es lo más importante
- Those who took part in the silence kept quiet for at least one hour - and some for as long as three hours.
- And yet it seems that at least some on the list had not consented to things being handed over.
- I've been more or less absent from these pages for a couple of months now, as some have noticed.
- The young leaves of my magnolia look tattered and some have pale spots on the surface.
- In fact every tree and shrub in the garden is in bud at least, and some are coming into leaf.
- The rot at the top overshadows what some see as a bright spot in the banking sector.
- I was not in the best position to cast to the fish but at least some were in front of me.
- It appeared that at least some had been rendered unconscious by the gas before being shot.
- It was an issue of substance at a time when military action to some at least had become inevitable.
- I went over to the fountain in the center of the chamber and splashed some on my face and neck.
- However, we also know that some are in or near centres of population.
- Respect is a big word amongst the young, but at least some of them show remarkably little of it for anyone else.
- At least some in the industry still recognise its importance as the railway capital of the North.
- The pupils said at least half the school had left but some had drifted back.
- It's true, some were old and out of date - but at least they were there to be borrowed.
- Let us hope when it is illuminated that at least some of the philistines might see what the fuss is about.
- Was noticing how excited some on the right seem to be about the riots in Paris suburbs.
- For some at least, greater opportunity and reward may seem to be offered by a criminal career.
- In the morning when it has dropped its flowers, some feel the tree appears to look sad.
1.1informal (a little, a certain amount)un poco
1.2informal (a lot)muchothat car can certainly go some — ese coche sí que corre
- she's certainly grown some in the last few months — ha crecido muchísimo en los últimos meses
- The second time the rules change some.
2(approximately)unosunasalrededor dethere were some fifty people there — había alrededor de cincuenta personas
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