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 discoI'll drive you to the stationvamos a París/Francia/una discotecashe's coming to us over Christmaste llevo a la estaciónwhich doctor do you go to?vendrá a pasar Navidad con nosotrosdo you go to church?¿a qué médico vas?we went to John's¿vas a la iglesia?it's time to go to bedfuimos a casa de Johnfuimos a lo de John (River Plate area)fuimos donde John (especially Latin America) [colloquial]I came to a clearing in the woodes hora de ir a la camahow far is it to the next village?llegué a un claro en el bosqueyou can wear it to a party/the wedding¿qué distancia hay de aquí al próximo pueblo?1.2 (indicating direction) move a little to the rightpuedes ponértelo para una fiesta/la bodahe turned to mecórrete un poco hacia la derechaI was knocked to the groundse volvió hacia míit's pointing to the eastme tiraron al sueloseñala al EsteExample sentences1.3 (indicating position) to the left/right of something
a mile to the south of Miltona la izquierda/derecha de algouna 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) See examples: she clasped him to herhe stood with his nose to the windowlo estrechó contra ellathey stuck the poster to the wallestaba parado con la nariz contra la ventanapegaron 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 nowto a certain extentya sabe contar hasta 100the snow was up to our waistshasta cierto puntoshe works herself to exhaustionla nieve nos llegaba hasta or a la cinturathe results are accurate to (within) half an inchse mata trabajando or (Spain) a trabajara year ago to the daylos resultados tienen un margen de error de menos de media pulgada3.2 (until) we have to next Friday to finish the workhace exactamente un añoI can't stay to the endtenemos hasta el próximo viernes para terminar el trabajo3.3 (indicating range) See examples: there will be 30 to 35 guestsno puedo quedarme hasta el finala small-to-medium hotelhabrá entre 30 y 35 invitadossee also → from 4un hotel entre pequeño y medianoExample sentences
- 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.
- 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?
- 4 4.1 (showing indirect object) See examples: who did you lend/send/give it to?he dedicated his poems to his wife¿a quién se lo prestaste/mandaste/diste?give it to mele dedicó los poemas a su mujergive it to her/him/themdámelowhat did you say to him/them?dáseloI'll hand you over to Jane¿qué le/les dijiste?we give help to the needyte paso or (in Spain also) te pongo con Janebest wishes to you bothayudamos a los necesitadosI was singing/talking to myselflos mejores deseos para ambosto me, he will always be a heroestaba cantando/hablando soloit looked to me as though he was lyingpara mí, siempre será un héroewhat is it to you? he was very kind/rude to meme pareció que estaba mintiendo4.2 (in toasts, dedications) See examples: here's to Tobyfue muy amable/grosero conmigohere's to a Happy New Yearbrindemos por Tobylet's drink to her health¡Feliz Año Nuevo!Ode to a Stagbebamos a su saludto Paul with love from JaneOda a un ciervopara Paul, con cariño de JaneExample sentences
- 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) See examples: how many ounces are there to the pound?a rate of 95 pesetas to the US dollar¿cuántas onzas hay en una libra?three parts oil to one part vinegaruna tasa de cambio de 95 pesetas por dólar30 miles to the gallontres partes de aceite por cada parte de vinagrethis map is one inch to one mile30 millas por galónBarcelona won by two goals to onela escala de este mapa es de una pulgada por millathere's a 10 to 1 chance of …Barcelona ganó por dos (goles) a uno10 to the 5th oto the power (of) 5hay una probabilidad de uno en 10 de …A is to B as X is to Y10 a la quinta potencia5.2 (in comparison) See examples: inferior/superior/equal toA es a B como X es a Ythat's nothing to what followedinferior/superior/igual aprices are very high to what they were ten years ago [colloquial]eso no es nada comparado or en comparación con lo que vino despuéslos precios son muy altos comparados or en comparación con lo que eran hace diez añosExample sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 6 6.1 (concerning) See examples: what do you say to that?that's all there is to it¿qué dices a eso?¿qué te parece (eso)?there's nothing to iteso es todo6.2 (in bills)es muy simple or sencillo(British English)to supplying and fitting radiator, £50por suministrar e instalar un radiador, £50
- 7 7.1 (in accordance with) See examples: to all appearancesto the best of my knowledgesegún parecethese decorations are not to my tastea mi entenderque yo sepato my way of thinking 7.2 (producing) See examples: to my horror/delight …estos adornos no son de mi gustoto everyone's amazement, he did recoverpara mi horror/alegría …para asombro de todos, se recuperóExample sentences7.3 (indicating purpose) See examples: to this end
con 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 doorsecretary to the presidentla llave de la puerta principalhusband to Doreen and father to Charles and Nicolasecretario del presidentethe solution to the problemesposo de Doreen y padre de Charles y Nicolait has a nice ring/sound to itla solución al or del problemasuena 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 threethe trains run at twenty to the hourlas tres menos diezdiez 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 danceI want them to dancequiero bailarhe wants to be pamperedquiero que bailenthere's nothing to be gained by lyingquiere que lo mimento have won is the main thingnada se gana mintiendoPope to visit Africahaber ganado es lo principal1.2 (in order to) I have to work to eatel Papa visitará ÁfricaI do it to save moneytengo que trabajar para comerlo hago para ahorrar dineroExample sentences1.3 (indicating result) See examples: he awoke to find her gone
I opened the door to find him standing outsidecuando despertó, ella ya se había idoI walked 5 miles only to be told they weren't homeabrí la puerta y me lo encontré ahí afueracaminé 5 millas para que me dijeran que no estaban en casaExample sentences1.4 (without vb) See examples: 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.
I'm not going to¿te gustaría verlo? — ¡me encantaría!he doesn't want tono voy a hacerloif you don't want to go, you don't have tono quieresi 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.
- 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.
- 2 (after adj or n) it's easy/difficult to doyou're too young to drink winees fácil/difícil de hacerit would be silly not to take the opportunityeres demasiado joven para beber vinoshe was the first to arrive/leavesería una tontería no aprovechar la oportunidadI'm not the sort to be offended easilyfue la primera en llegar/irseit's nothing to worry aboutno soy de los que se ofenden fácilmenteshe has a lot to dono hay por qué preocuparseI've a family to supporttiene mucho que hacertengo 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) See examples: I pulled the door tothe shutters weren't properly tocerré la puertalos postigos no estaban bien cerradosExample sentences
- I went in and pulled the door to.
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