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(premises/building) desocupado(premises/building) vacíovacant lot — terreno sin construir masculine
- Set amid a cobbled row of upmarket mews flats, he has made the most of a vacant site to create a pair of light, spacious executive homes that blend with their historic surroundings.
- Enormous numbers of vacant units could be occupied immediately by families with these housing vouchers.
- There was one vacant place in the disabled parking area.
- The vacuum left by vacant land is a powerful pull factor for new developments.
- There were no vehicles around; the place was vacant except for a forklift and some stacked wooden crates.
- This ward has the most vacant lots in the city… about 600.
- Chris plopped into a vacant patio chair, shielding his eyes from the sun.
- The site is currently vacant and is used for environmental monitoring to ensure the former refuse site next door is not contaminating surrounding land.
- She breezes in and sits in the vacant chair on my right.
- The place has been vacant for a year.
- Over five years ago it had decided to sell its farms when they fell vacant.
- The man slowly pulled his vehicle into the now vacant space.
- The site was previously occupied by a vacant detached bungalow.
- We were negotiating to buy property a couple of miles away when four blocks of vacant land became available across the street from my other buildings.
- People have begun occupying vacant land.
- She sat down on a vacant plastic chair, rolling her sore shoulders backwards.
- There was even a vacant space next to my car when I left it.
- There is only one vacant house in the area.
- The funding will help to improve business premises, bringing vacant or under-used floorspace back into use and assist new-build projects.
1.2(post) vacantesituations vacant — ofertas de trabajo
- There were nine candidates for the vacant position.
- One major concern for the depots was the amount of time required to fill vacant positions.
- The council adopted a policy of merging schools where the position of headteacher at one falls vacant.
- Church members are more aware of volunteer opportunities, and vacant positions are being filled.
- Bradford on Avon police has one special constable, a voluntary, part time position, but is planning to advertise for more people to fill vacant positions.
- In addition to lay-offs, another 150 vacant positions will not be filled.
- Three months later the vacant position at the school has still not been filled and it seems there is no sign of the position being filled in the immediate future.
- We anticipate a severe nursing shortage in the next few years and presently do not have enough lab or x-ray techs to fill vacant positions.
- It decided against filling the vacant post and the position won't be reviewed until later in the year.
- More than one in 12 social worker posts are currently vacant.
- For a fraction of the cost of newspaper ads, companies can fill their vacant positions within days.
- Most hospitals are scrambling like crazy to try to fill vacant positions.
- Robinson encourages him to apply for the deputy news editor position currently vacant at the paper.
- Already-strapped budgets were being cut further and all vacant positions were frozen, leaving a staffing shortage throughout campus.
- The post fell vacant following Stuart Gulliver's decision to take up a new academic position.
- A $15 million deficit this year resulted in a freeze on filling vacant positions and buying office and classroom supplies.
- It will be responsible for people's postings, promotions and assisting in filling vacant positions.
- The result has been posts being left vacant for months as the University finds it hard to fill them.
- They also demanded that the government fill all vacant positions and issue employees with at least four sets of uniforms.
- Despite the economic slowdown, there is still a need for overseas workers to fill positions that remain vacant in many industries.
1.3(room) disponible(room) libre(seat/space) librevacant — libre
2(blank)(look/expression) ausente(look/expression) distraído
- She fixes those beady eyes on me, and I give her my best vacant stare back.
- He stared back with a vacant expression and his mouth slightly ajar.
- Twenty-four pairs of glossy, vacant eyes stared back up at me and I felt my self-confidence begin to falter.
- As he left, he cast one last, longing glance in her direction, receiving nothing in exchange but the same cold, vacant stare from her.
- An endless parade of hungry children with vacant expressions overwhelmed them.
- He brushed a hand through his hair, his vacant blue eyes staring off to the side.
- His vacant eyes lifted to stare out into the distance.
- A couple seconds passed, and then his confused face turned vacant, empty.
- She noticed Vincent's vacant look as he stared down at the river.
- She just looked vacant, lost and empty; it was awful.
- As our flashlights shone across his face, he looked up with a lifeless, vacant expression.
- He can't see my face, hasn't noticed my largely vacant expression.
- His eyes, vacant and glassy, stared silently at the sky.
- In a doorway, three young boys stare out with vacant eyes, inhaling deeply from glass jars filled with glue or gasoline.
- He was strangely giggling but his eyes remained vacant.
- He sits in an old rocking chair on a porch, a guitar on his knee and a vacant stare on his face.
- His eyes were open but vacant, staring at something that wasn't even there.
- Blake gazed at the both of them then, his face becoming more vacant.
- Her vacant, doe-eyed stare into the camera shows little of the star quality that would make her a Hollywood legend.
- He was carrying a plastic shopping bag and had a fairly benign, but vacant, expression on his face.
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