In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(ajustarse, someterse)atenerse a algo
- tendrás que atenerte a las reglas / normas — you will have to abide by / comply with the rules
- me atengo a las órdenes/instrucciones recibidas — I am obeying orders/following instructions
- se atuvo a lo que se le había pedido — she did exactly what had been asked of her
- me han dado tantas instrucciones contradictorias que no sé a que atenerme — they've given me so many conflicting instructions I don't know who I should listen to/what I should be doing
- tendrás que atenerte a las consecuencias — you will have to live with / abide by the consequences
- tienes que atenerte a tus medios económicos — you must keep within your means
2(limitarse)atenerse a algo
- si nos atenemos a lo que dijeron ellos, la situación es muy distinta — if we go by what they said then the situation appears very different
- aténgase a los hechos — confine yourself to the facts
3(reafirmar)atenerse a algo
- me atengo a lo que declaré la semana pasada — I'm sticking with what I said last week
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