greenmanAlbeit

To vary the writing style and change the order of a concession in a sentence, we can use albeit instead of even though.

 

E.g.

1. Even though it's a sizable one, camming is a niche market

Camming is a niche market, albeit a sizable one Aunque bastante grande, ‘camming’  es un mercado especializado

 

2. The food was tasty, albeit very salty

Even though the food very salty, it was tasty Aunque muy salada, la comida estaba buena

 

greenmanBy Now

By now is similar to already, but it is used in a different sense. Already tends to be used in the present or past perfect. By now emphasises the time that something has taken.

E.g.

He should have finished by now (already)— Debería haber terminado ya (By now emphasises the time taken)

Many people are, by now (already), used to it— Muchas personas ya están acostumbradas (By now emphasises that it has taken time)

They would have arrived by now (already) if they were coming — Ya habrían llegado (a estas alturas) si fueran a venir (By now emphasises that they have taken longer than expected)

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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