In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(cuestión, problema)matterno hemos hablado del asunto del viaje — we haven't talked about the trip
- este es un asunto muy delicado — this is a very delicate matter / issue
- se pelearon por el asunto de la herencia — they fell out over the inheritance
- han quedado algunos asuntos pendientes — there are still a few matters / questions / things to be resolved
- está implicado en un asunto de drogas — he's mixed up in something to do with drugs
- están hablando de asuntos de negocios — they're talking about business matters
- tengo un asunto muy importante entre manos — I'm dealing with a very important matter
- no es asunto tuyo — it's none of your business
- mal asunto, mañana viene el director general — I don't like the look of this, the general manager's coming tomorrow
- y asunto concluido
- ya te he dicho que no y asunto concluido — I've already said no and that's that / that's final / that's all there is to it
- si se van a pelear por la pelota yo se la quito y asunto concluido — if you're going to fight over the ball, I'll take it away and that'll be the end of that
2derogatory(relación amorosa)affairtuvo un asuntillo con la secretaria — he had a brief fling with his secretary
3Southern Cone informal(razón, sentido)¿a asunto de qué / con qué asunto se lo dijiste? — why on earth did you tell him? informal
- le encuentro muy poco asunto a esto — I don't see much point in this
- ¿a asunto de qué me voy a ir hasta allá si no van a estar? — what on earth's the point of my going all the way there if they're not going to be in?
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