greenman Might/may as well

The expression might/may as well is very common in British English and often loses meaning in the translation to Spanish.  It is used to express several ideas:

1: a phrase indicating that it is probably better to do something than not to do it

2. there is no reason you should not do something / used to make an unenthiastic suggestion, like saying "since there is nothing better"

3. used to indicate that a situation is the same as if the hypothetical thing stated were true

E.g.

1. -What are we going to do today, Tom? -Well, we might as well paint the fence, I suppose. — -¿Qué hacemos hoy, Tom? -Pues, no sería mala idea pintar la valla, supongo

2. -This film is crap -True. But we've started it, so we might as well finish it — -Esta película es una mierda -Cierto, pero ya que la hemos empezado ¿por qué no la terminamos?

3. You're in Madrid, but you might as well be in New York or in London — Estás en Madríd, pero los mismo daría que estuvieras en Nueva York o Londres

He's not Spanish, but he might as well be — No es español pero, a todos lo efectos, lo es prácticamente/ bien podría serlo

The meeting was a waste of time; I may as well have stayed at home — La reunión fue una pérdida de tiempo; podría haberme quedado en casa

 

 

 

greenmanSit up and take notice

This idiom is very common and means "to start paying attention or show an interest in something".

E.g.

No one took them seriously until they won the election; then everyone sat up and took notice—Nadie los tomaba en serio hasta que ganaron las elecciones; entonces todo el mundo empezó a prestarles atención

The terrorist attacks in Paris made Europe sit up and take notice—Los atentados de Paris hicieron que Europa reaccionara y tomara nota

 

 

 

 

greenmanOut of

Among its many uses, out of can mean "motivated by".

E.g.

He killed his ex-wife's cat out of spite— Mató al gato de su exmujer por despecho

They don't breastfeed their children out of embarrassment— No dan el pecho a sus hijos por vergüenza

Just out of curiosity, what's your middle name?— Sólo por curiosidad, ¿cuál es tu segundo nombre?

 

In The Press

His attorneys had said in a filing that he did it “out of the misguided desire to keep these pictures in order to one day show his family and future Washington Post-Jan 26, 2017

... defendant decapitated Judith and then disposed of her head is not entirely clear but it may well be that he did it out of pure hatred at the sight ... Telegraph.co.uk-Apr 12, 2016

 

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greenmanAs to

As to can mean 'with reference or regard to'.

E.g.

John has some interesting theories as to why Germans are so hard working— John tiene algunas teorías interesantes respecto a por qué los alemanes son tan trabajadores

We'll have to make a quick decision as to whether we should keep the money— Tendremos que tomar una decisión rápida sobre si deberíamos quedarnos con el dinero o no

Ackman has no doubts as to Herbalife's true nature— Ackman no tiene ninguna duda sobre la verdadera naturaleza de Herbalife

As to your previous question, I can't answer that— En cuanto a tu pregunta anterior, no puedo responderla

 

 

 

 

 

 

blueman1 work out

The phrasal verb work out is one of those tricky ones that has several meanings:

Transitive (figure out)

Intransitive

1. to calculate 

2. to resolve

3. to devise

4. manage to understand

5. end well /succeed

6. amount to

7. do exercise

 

E.g.

1) I worked out what I owe you — Calculé lo que te debo

2) I worked out the solution to this puzzle — Resolví el puzle

3) We worked out a plan to see the glaciers — Ideamos un plan para ver los glaciares

4) I worked out how to turn this off — He averiguado cómo apagar esto

5) The relationship didn't work out (well) — La relación no salió bien

6) The cost of the refurbishment worked out at around 500 pounds — El coste de la reforma salió por unas 500 libras

7) I should work out more — Debería hacer más ejercicio 

 

In The Press

Scientists have finally worked out how to get the last drop of ketchup out of the bottle Mirror.co.uk-Feb 21, 2017

It's not quite worked out the way we expected and we've had a slight change of strategy to have someone look after the catering completely Press and Journal-9 hours ago

TripAdvisor have looked at the most popular travel destinations on their site and worked out the average cost per hotel room and average The Sun-Mar 1, 2017

 

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greenmanOver (a)

A common way of saying "while having/doing" is over (a).

 

E.g.

Let's talk about this over a beer— Hablemos de esto mientras tomamos una cerveza

We caught up over a coffee— Nos pusimos al día tomando un café

We came to an agreement over lunch— Llegamos a un acuerdo durante la comida

We bonded over a round of golf— Intimamos durante una ronda de golf

greenmanLengths

One meaning of length, especially in plural, is "the extent or degree to which we will go to achieve something".

 

E.g.

They went to great lengths to find you that ticket— Hicieron grandes esfuerzos para encontrarte esa entrada

To what lengths would you go in order to survive?— ¿Hasta dónde serías capaz de llegar para sobrevivir?

 

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