In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(imposibilitar)to preventno logró impedir el accidente — she was unable to prevent the accident
- nos impidió el paso — he blocked our way
- esta válvula impide el paso del gas — this valve stops / blocks the flow of gas
- nadie te lo impide — nobody's stopping you
- impedirle a algn + inf — to prevent sb from-ing
- el dolor le impedía caminar — the pain prevented her from walking / meant that she couldn't walk / stopped her walking
- impedir que + subj
- quiso impedir que nos viéramos — she tried to stop us seeing each other
- tenemos que impedir que ocurra otra vez — we must stop / prevent it happening again
2(dificultar)to hamperto hinderla ropa me impedía los movimientos — my clothes hampered / hindered / impeded my movements
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