Translation of to in Spanish:
prepositionAmerican English: /tu/ , /tə/ British English: /tə/ , /tʊ/ , /tuː/
- 1 1.1 (indicating destination) we're going to Paris/France/a discovamos a París/Francia/una discotecaI'll drive you to the stationte llevo a la estaciónshe's coming to us over Christmasvendrá a pasar Navidad con nosotroswhich doctor do you go to?¿a qué médico vas?do you go to church?¿vas a la iglesia?we went to John'sfuimos a casa de Johnit's time to go to bed
fuimos a lo de John (River Plate area)
fuimos donde John (especially Latin America) [colloquial]es hora de ir a la camaI came to a clearing in the woodllegué a un claro en el bosquehow far is it to the next village?¿qué distancia hay de aquí al próximo pueblo?you can wear it to a party/the weddingpuedes ponértelo para una fiesta/la bodaExample sentences1.2 (indicating direction) move a little to the right
córrete un poco hacia la derechahe turned to mese volvió hacia míI was knocked to the groundme tiraron al sueloit's pointing to the eastseñala al Este1.3 (indicating position) to the left/right of somethinga la izquierda/derecha de algoa mile to the south of Miltonuna milla al sur de MiltonExample sentences
- He actually dropped to the ground just as a giant pickup rolled over him.
- They commissioned GAD Architecture, a firm founded in Turkey that has since moved to New York.
- Emlyn loudly exited the hotel and went to the station for the Bristol train.
- The family room to the right of the entrance hall has an unusual colour scheme.
- The landlocked country is dominated by the rugged Hindu Kush mountains that sweep from the west to the east.
- It was 850 miles to Singapore Harbor.
- 2 (against, onto) she clasped him to herlo estrechó contra ellahe stood with his nose to the windowestaba parado con la nariz contra la ventanathey stuck the poster to the wallpegaron el cartel en la paredExample sentences
- This dead-end dirt road follows a peaceful stretch of the Housatonic River and connects to the Appalachian Trail.
- It is in the phone company's interest to get more homes linked to the Internet at very high rates of speed.
- On the other corner, a dozen or so balloons are tied to a pole.
- 3 3.1 (as far as) she can count (up) to 100 nowya sabe contar hasta 100to a certain extenthasta cierto puntothe snow was up to our waistsla nieve nos llegaba hasta or a la cinturashe works herself to exhaustionse mata trabajando or (Spain) a trabajarthe results are accurate to (within) half an inchlos resultados tienen un margen de error de menos de media pulgadaa year ago to the dayhace exactamente un añoExample sentences3.2 (until) we have to next Friday to finish the work
tenemos hasta el próximo viernes para terminar el trabajoI can't stay to the endno puedo quedarme hasta el finalExample sentences3.3 (indicating range) there will be 30 to 35 guests
- The children cry themselves to sleep from hunger.
- Shackleton's southern party passed the previous ‘furthest south’ record set by Scott, but by January 2 Shackleton was near to breaking point.
- Can we ever know if an image moved large numbers of people to action, or changed the ways they think about things?
habrá entre 30 y 35 invitadosa small-to-medium hotelun hotel entre pequeño y medianosee also→ from 4
- The two books covers the dance band era from the 1930s to the 1960s.
- Prospectors arrived by land or sea and usually operated in groups of six to forty, working claims jointly.
- Another eight to ten million square feet of exhibition space is scheduled to come on line within five years.
- 4 4.1 (showing indirect object) who did you lend/send/give it to?¿a quién se lo prestaste/mandaste/diste?he dedicated his poems to his wifele dedicó los poemas a su mujergive it to medámelogive it to her/him/themdáselowhat did you say to him/them?¿qué le/les dijiste?I'll hand you over to Janete paso or (in Spain also) te pongo con Janewe give help to the needyayudamos a los necesitadosbest wishes to you bothlos mejores deseos para ambosI was singing/talking to myselfestaba cantando/hablando soloto me, he will always be a heropara mí, siempre será un héroeit looked to me as though he was lyingme pareció que estaba mintiendowhat is it to you? he was very kind/rude to mefue muy amable/grosero conmigoExample sentences4.2 (in toasts, dedications) here's to Toby
brindemos por Tobyhere's to a Happy New Year¡Feliz Año Nuevo!let's drink to her healthbebamos a su saludOde to a StagOda a un ciervoto Paul with love from Janepara Paul, con cariño de Jane
- I am thankful to Anna and her program for my rehabilitation.
- When I got out of prison a couple of years ago he actually was very kind to me.
- I wish you hadn't drawn attention to it.
- 5 5.1 (indicating proportion, relation) how many ounces are there to the pound?¿cuántas onzas hay en una libra?a rate of 95 pesetas to the US dollaruna tasa de cambio de 95 pesetas por dólarthree parts oil to one part vinegartres partes de aceite por cada parte de vinagre30 miles to the gallon30 millas por galónthis map is one inch to one milela escala de este mapa es de una pulgada por millaBarcelona won by two goals to oneBarcelona ganó por dos (goles) a unothere's a 10 to 1 chance of …hay una probabilidad de uno en 10 de …10 to the 5th oto the power (of) 510 a la quinta potenciaA is to B as X is to YA es a B como X es a YExample sentences5.2 (in comparison) inferior/superior/equal to
inferior/superior/igual athat's nothing to what followedeso no es nada comparado or en comparación con lo que vino despuésprices are very high to what they were ten years ago [colloquial]los precios son muy altos comparados or en comparación con lo que eran hace diez añosExample sentences
- The peso breached 50 to the dollar, plunging the country further into crisis.
- The petrol version will do 16.2 miles to the gallon around town.
- If you fly into wind you will get much less mileage to the litre.
- Tom told him a story about a parolee who stole a car to get back into jail because he preferred it to home.
- It is simply that I think women are superior to men.
- This kid is an angel compared to me though and has never been any trouble.
- 6 6.1 (concerning) what do you say to that?¿qué dices a eso?that's all there is to it
¿qué te parece (eso)?eso es todothere's nothing to ites muy simple or sencillo6.2 (in bills)(British English)to supplying and fitting radiator, £50
porpor suministrar e instalar un radiador, £50
- 7 7.1 (in accordance with) to all appearancessegún pareceto the best of my knowledgea mi entenderthese decorations are not to my taste
que yo sepaestos adornos no son de mi gustoto my way of thinkingExample sentences7.2 (producing) to my horror/delight …
para mi horror/alegría …to everyone's amazement, he did recoverpara asombro de todos, se recuperó7.3 (indicating purpose) to this endcon este fin
- Much to his surprise, this small film has turned out to have wide appeal.
- To our dismay, unknown to us there was a motel only three kilometres down the road.
- I got 98% in the test but to my annoyance, Janet got 100%.
- 8 (indicating belonging) the key to the front doorla llave de la puerta principalsecretary to the presidentsecretario del presidentehusband to Doreen and father to Charles and Nicolaesposo de Doreen y padre de Charles y Nicolathe solution to the problemla solución al or del problemait has a nice ring/sound to itsuena bienExample sentences
- She's now very happily engaged to a famous actor.
- Alberto is single, while Ernesto is committed to his pretty, aristocratic girlfriend.
- She was also special assistant to the cultural affairs commissioner in 1987.
- You can even have your ideal leather coat made to measure by a leather specialist.
- Letting anyone into a country without proper identification and background checks is an invitation to chaos.
- There's a buffet at lunchtime, with plenty of good salads and dips, or the chef will cook a stir-fry to order.
- 9 (telling time) (British English) ten to threelas tres menos diezthe trains run at twenty to the hour
diez para las tres (Latin America except River Plate area)los trenes salen a las menos veinte cada horaExample sentences
- I was awake at ten to six, at the gym by 6:30.
- It's twenty to one in the morning, and I'm beat.
- Apologies followed, and at five to three the belated ceremony commenced to the relief of all concerned.
infinitive particleAmerican English: /tu/ , /tə/ British English: /tə/ , /tʊ/ , /tuː/
- 1 1.1to sing/fear/leave I want to dancequiero bailarI want them to dancequiero que bailenhe wants to be pamperedquiere que lo mimenthere's nothing to be gained by lyingnada se gana mintiendoto have won is the main thinghaber ganado es lo principalPope to visit Africael Papa visitará ÁfricaExample sentences1.2 (in order to) I have to work to eat
tengo que trabajar para comerI do it to save moneylo hago para ahorrar dineroExample sentences1.3 (indicating result) he awoke to find her gone
- There is also information on where to find help with insulation and central heating.
- She's asked him to seek counseling.
- I want to show everybody I am stronger than he is.
cuando despertó, ella ya se había idoI opened the door to find him standing outsideabrí la puerta y me lo encontré ahí afueraI walked 5 miles only to be told they weren't homecaminé 5 millas para que me dijeran que no estaban en casaExample sentences1.4 (without vb) would you like to see it? — I'd love to!
- I went to get help and by the time I got back he had stopped breathing.
- Next time I am going to box differently with regard to speed and power.
- Thieves attempted to gain entry into the cafe on Saturday morning.
¿te gustaría verlo? — ¡me encantaría!I'm not going tono voy a hacerlohe doesn't want tono quiereif you don't want to go, you don't have tosi no quieres ir, no tienes por qué hacerloExample sentences
- I decided to stay away from the crowd but close enough to hear the speakers.
- It's too cold to get out of bed.
- I have always dreamt about earning a living playing polo, and I think I am managing to achieve it.
- As much as I didn't want to go, I had to.
- It is your choice if you smoke or not but I think everyone would benefit if we made an effort not to.
- I don't want this moment to end, but it's got to.
- 2 (after adj or n) it's easy/difficult to does fácil/difícil de haceryou're too young to drink wineeres demasiado joven para beber vinoit would be silly not to take the opportunitysería una tontería no aprovechar la oportunidadshe was the first to arrive/leavefue la primera en llegar/irseI'm not the sort to be offended easilyno soy de los que se ofenden fácilmenteit's nothing to worry aboutno hay por qué preocuparseshe has a lot to dotiene mucho que hacerI've a family to supporttengo una familia que mantenerExample sentences
- We don't have any water to drink.
- He's going to a cabaret, and he has absolutely nothing to wear.
- They see no sun in their limited lives, with no hay to lie on, no mud to roll in.
adverbAmerican English: /tu/ , /tə/ British English: /tə/ , /tʊ/ , /tuː/
- (shut) I pulled the door tocerré la puertathe shutters weren't properly tolos postigos no estaban bien cerradosExample sentences
- I went in and pulled the door to.
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