In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1to be unable to + inf — no poder + inf
- she was unable to attend — no pudo / le fue imposible asistir
- I'm afraid we're unable to help you — me temo que no podemos / que no está en nuestra mano ayudarlo
- he was unable to beat his opponent — fue incapaz de vencer a su contrincante
- He was attacked by the media and speculation grew that he was unable to cope with crises.
- Bird was unable to engage his gears, but managed to get going and finished at the back.
- He had claimed it was a new flavouring for saffron rice but had been unable to look me in the eye when he said it.
- If York regulars follow their usual route to the course they will be unable to reach it.
- They were unable to open the door for visitors by pressing the buzzers in their rooms.
- He was unable to drive his stepson to school and had to cancel a hospital appointment.
- We have a government that is pathologically unable to say what it is actually about.
- What I have yet to see is a poor dentist living in the rough part of town unable to feed his or her family!
- I remember now at work being unable to do many of my duties when other people were around.
- They could also house children who feel unable to live with a family which is not their own.
- She was slurring her words and unable to use to her tongue properly to help her make the sounds.
- One problem that could occur is if property owners are unable to let out the house.
- He would have liked more tomato and was unable to finish his meal saying it became too oily.
- I am unable to reprint my story here, but if you read some of the links you'll get the gist of it.
- Mr Bubb said that the sisters had been unable to go to the police when they told their mother.
- Surgeons sewed most of the piece back on but were unable to replace a small section.
- The job is ideal for those people who would like a bit of extra cash but are unable to fit in many hours of work.
- It concerns a boy desperate to obtain his mother's love, a love she is unable to give.
- Windermere yet again were unable to put out their best side due to illness and injury.
- A charity shop is to close after a lack of business and rising costs have left it unable to go on.
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