In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(astonishment)sorpresa feminineimagine my surprise when I opened the parcel — imagínate la sorpresa que me llevé cuando abrí el paquete
- a look of surprise — una mirada sorprendida / de sorpresa
- oh!, he said, in some surprise — ¡oh! —dijo, algo sorprendido
- to my surprise — para mi sorpresa
2(thing, event)sorpresa feminine(gift/packet) sorpresawhat a surprise to see you here! — ¡qué sorpresa verte por aquí!
- the result was / came as something of a surprise — el resultado fue en cierto modo una sorpresa
- it's no surprise to me that she won — no me sorprende que haya ganado
- to give sb a surprise — darle una sorpresa a algn
- there's a surprise in store for you — ya verás la que te espera
- he rang to say he'd be late — surprise, surprise! — llamó para decir que iba a llegar tarde — ¡qué sorpresa!
- after their surprise defeat in Wednesday's game … — después de la inesperada derrota del miércoles pasado …
- a surprise party — una fiesta sorpresa
3(catching sb unprepared)(attack/visit) sorpresa
1(astonish)(person) sorprenderit would not surprise me to learn that he was a divorcé — no me sorprendería que fuera divorciado
- I was surprised by his vehemence — su vehemencia me sorprendió
- The researchers were pleasantly surprised to find 56 more gorillas.
- He was surprised at the feelings Kate had provoked in him since he'd met her the previous day.
- On the train I ask the chatty parent whether he was surprised at the appointment of a woman.
- I was quite surprised to discover how this improved my own reading concentration.
- Needless to say, I was somewhat surprised by this reaction.
- She was hardly surprised to see Carden laughing as if he had never been mad.
- He looked around at the furnishings of the cell, and was mildly surprised for a moment.
- I was very surprised by the result.
- A lot of people are actually very surprised to hear that they are in any way unusual.
- Many people are very surprised to hear this.
- Time and again the team were surprised by positive responses to this approach.
- Her recommendations are surprising in light of the findings in the body of the report.
- We were all a bit surprised to hear that Shay was a horse person.
- Devon didn't look surprised by my outburst.
- Keanu looked up to the sky and was pleasantly surprised to see the hawk.
- What would your fans be surprised to know about you?
- I was pleasantly surprised to see it reviewed in USA Today, this morning.
- Tommy is somewhat surprised by her frosty reaction as she turns and leads the way inside without a word.
- You'd be surprised what those ladies know about what's going on.
- For some reason, I am not surprised by this revelation.
2(catch unawares)(guard/enemy) sorprender(guard/enemy) pillar desprevenido(enemy/guard) agarrar desprevenido(guard/enemy) coger desprevenido Spain
- When they got in they could then surprise the occupants, catching them off guard easily.
- An aircraft would on many occasions surprise a surfaced U-boat and attack it with both cannon fire and depth charges.
- As Ralph, Piggy, and the remaining boys sit on the beach, some of the hunters surprise them and ambush them.
- To be able to surprise the U.S. military, they will try to learn more about it than the military knows about itself.
- Information that is not tracked could later surprise the Army on the battlefield.
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