In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
2.1(in conditional sentences)I would if I could — lo haría si pudiera
- if I had known, I wouldn't have come — si lo hubiera sabido no habría / no hubiera venido
- who would have thought it? — ¿quién lo hubiera / habría pensado?
- without your help, I'd've been cooking all day — sin tu ayuda, habría / hubiera estado cocinando todo el día
- They would not stop if the police shouted at them because they simply would not hear.
- Players and staff were sacked, and for weeks it looked as though Dundee would close.
- Huntley said that should such a situation arise, he would report it to a senior member of staff.
- It occurred to me that if this were a business it would most likely have closed long ago.
- Had Frank Furedi been pondering how to handle the situation he would not have had to look far for advice.
- She would suffer if she was sent to prison and would have to close her business, leading to the loss of two jobs.
- He quoted a friend who offered a woman a free pair of curtains if she would clean her dirty front window.
- If a child were to be killed outside a school, would we talk about closing the school?
- How tame this behaviour would seem if they were allowed to really have some fun!
- And he said if he was faced with the same situation he would again break the speed limit.
- If you heard a noise in the dark of night, would you know where to find your torch or a candle?
- If they had any musical knowledge they would be able to hear our voices are good.
- Mr Haslam said he could not comment on what would happen to the hotel if the application was turned down.
- If it wasn't a private firm, we would probably be hearing an awful lot more about it.
- Anything that acts as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour would be used if we needed it.
- It would be marvellous to hear his reactions on other fuss and bother while he's in the mood.
- Later that year Mr Craig put the club on the market and said it would close if a buyer was not found quickly.
- If it closed, its customers would have absolutely no qualms about going elsewhere.
- If she were to gossip, it would be with the closest of friends, not when there was a camera in her face.
- I'm starting to wonder if my writing is really as unclear as my comments would suggest.
2.2(giving advice)I wouldn't worry — no (hace falta que) te preocupes
- I would have a word with her about it — ¿por qué no lo hablas con ella?
- I think it will pick up stuff other than country and western, but I wouldn't advise it!
- If at all possible I would urge a newcomer to pike fishing to ask an experienced angler if they could tag along for a session or two.
- Anyway, you can be sure that if I had to spend a week in an hotel, I wouldn't waste it by staying awake.
- In fact, I wouldn't recommend taking the advice of a tied agent under any circumstances.
- I would request he moves the aerial so that it does not encroach your property.
- This may reflect in a willingness to pay higher prices, although I wouldn't bet on it.
- If I were you I'd lock the door.
- If I were you I would get out of here I soon as I could.
- You can go down that channel if you're mad enough, but I wouldn't do it if I were you.
2.3(tentatively expressing opinions)I would agree with Roy — yo estoy de acuerdo con Roy
- one would have thought that … — cualquiera hubiera / habría pensado que …
- We would hope to address both of these problems by having a dedicated service.
- To be honest I wouldn't really consider Eldon Hole a caving trip, although it is a fine pitch.
- It would be lovely to hear the boy's chatter and not feel left out when they are speaking together.
- It would seem that on request of the King, a ship had to be made to fulfil the obligations of the townsmen.
- I get involved in spite of myself and, to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.
- They may struggle against Wales and I wouldn't rule out a Scots win over there.
- Celtic shouldn't lose at home to a team who have had such a difficult season, but I wouldn't rule it out.
- I have still to speak to the school, but I wouldn't think this would bring out any issues.
- I would describe the event as a convivial talk with a rather short period for questions.
- I simply mentioned that I wouldn't mind going to Skuba but doubted my friends would come.
- I'd imagine that serious fans will feel really let down.
- It would be futile to hope that athletes might be encouraged toward exemplary behaviour.
- There are rumours this could be the last shuttle flight, and I wouldn't be surprised.
- We would therefore hope he will take on board the feelings of fellow residents.
- The input from the communities has not been as strong as one would have hoped.
- Last week's piece on software piracy drew more than a few comments, as you would expect.
- You'd think that it might be important for her to be able to hear opponents, wouldn't you?
- He incurred three short suspensions, which would seem to indicate that he still has work to do.
- There are only a couple of events that we would call sports, the rest are just bizarre battles.
- I hope some of you can make it to one of our performances and it would be brilliant to hear some feedback!
3(expressing wishes)I wish you'd stop pestering me! — ¡deja de fastidiarme por Dios!
- I wish you wouldn't worry — quisiera que no te preocuparas
- if only she'd take your advice — ¡si siguiera tus consejos … !
- would (that) he were with us! — ¡ojalá estuviera con nosotros!
- would to God she had known! — ¡ojalá lo hubiera sabido!
4.1(in requests)would you type this for me please? — ¿me haría el favor de pasar esto a máquina?
- would you be kind enough to open the door for me? — ¿tendría la amabilidad / la bondad de abrirme la puerta?
- if you'd sign here, please — ¿me firma aquí, por favor?
- go and call him, would you? — ve a llamarlo ¿sí? / ¿me haces el favor?
- would you let me say something! — ¿me dejas decir algo a mí?
- Would you please turn around?
- Ruth, would you go with me to London?
- Would you mind clarifying your comment, Alison?
4.2(in invitations)would you like a cup of coffee? — ¿quieres una taza de café?
- would you like to come with us? — I'd love to — ¿quieres / te gustaría venir con nosotros? — me encantaría
- We would be delighted to hear from any other people who could support us in some way.
- The pair said they would love to go into showbusiness or work in television in the future.
- They would also like to hear from anyone who saw the stolen Maestro earlier in the evening.
- Would you like a glass of water?
- He mentions his years at Arbroath, his hometown club, and how one day he would love to rejoin them.
- As someone who kept a daily diary all her life, she would have loved blogging.
- I think instead of arriving at Tortuga by sea, I'd rather arrive by air.
- Believe me, it's a club most managers outside the very top ones would love to manage.
- He said he would be glad to write me a recommendation.
- It's not the sort of song you hear everyday, nor would want to, but it stands out like a gem in an evening of gems.
- I sincerely admire your work and would love nothing better than to work on something like this!
- Malcolm Morley, who has worked at the hotel for three years, would love to make Iona his home.
- She would love to build on this success and make a career of dancing at least in the short term.
- I would like the windows replaced with the ones we actually thought we were getting.
- I was just about to make breakfast, would you like some?
- I said to her that I didn't understand anybody who would want to live like she was.
- I tell myself I would rather be fat and happy then thin and miserable, but the fact is, I am fat and miserable.
- Whether it is for himself or for his country, he would dearly love a Commonwealth Games medal.
- Although this is not the outcome that we would have desired, at least it is now at an end.
- I would love to see a performance of that opera, but there's none in the next year.
- Although he says he would love to be a chef, he will never be able to hold down a job.
5.1(expressing criticism)she would (have to) spoil the surprise — tenía que estropear la sorpresa, ¡típico! / ¡no podía fallar!
- Yellow card for Adams for claiming that Carlos took a dive. Now he wouldn't do that, would he?
- Now, the conspiracy theorists are going to say, well, the coroners would say that, wouldn't they?
5.2(indicating sth is natural)he said no — well, he would, wouldn't he? — dijo que no — bueno ¿qué otra cosa iba a decir? / era de esperar ¿no? / es lógico ¿no?
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