Learn English Grammar From A–Z
1.1(definite)seguroto be certain to + inf
they were heading for certain death — iban a una muerte segura
- it's certain to rain
- she is certain to want to know why
- a strike seemed certain — una huelga parecía inevitable
- only death is certain — lo único seguro es la muerte
- she made certain of a good seat by arriving early — llegó temprano para asegurarse una buena localidad
- I'll make certain that he understands — me aseguraré de que entienda
- it's not certain (that) they'll approve of the idea — no es seguro que aprueben la idea
- one thing / this much is certain … — de lo que no cabe la menor duda es de que …
- it is certain that the President knew — se tiene la certeza de que el presidente lo sabía
- A vote on this issue was withdrawn last week, as it was certain to be defeated.
- It was wryly noted that the heavens had delivered the Scots from certain defeat.
- It will be hard, and it may not ensure victory, but any other way is certain defeat.
- Kent were all out for 339 and Somerset had rescued a victory from almost certain defeat.
- No credible alternative will brave the embarrassment of certain heavy defeat.
- His job is not to convince them to vote for him on Tuesday in the first ballot - he is almost certain to win that vote.
- Mr Brown was certain to win the seat, the only question was the size of the majority.
- It acts as a certain guarantee for the freedoms a writer needs, such as the air to breathe.
- There's no more sure and certain indication that you're not in control than this.
- The chase is over almost before it has begun and Freya's grip is sure and certain.
- One thing is certain though, the trust will no longer have my support in any form.
- If Asda does push ahead with the new format, it is certain to test the concept first.
- First, we must recognise that faith to appropriate God's abundance is certain to be tested.
- Hope is that certain and unfailing goal that God has set before His children.
- On the contrary, its effect was certain to be that more people were injured and killed in accidents.
- The effort was no more than the home side deserved at that stage and it seemed certain that they would go on to win.
- The only certain thing is that the next record will sound nothing like it.
1.2(convinced)to be certain of sth — estar seguro de algo
to be certain — estar seguro
- are you quite certain (that) it's not dangerous?
- I feel certain (that) it was a mistake
- I checked the list to make certain (that) …
- he's quite certain about it — está muy seguro / muy convencido de ello
- are you certain? — ¿estás seguro?
- Whatever the future holds, the one thing he can be certain about is how much he will miss Blackburn Rovers.
- Ella Lockett from Bassett Green admitted she wasn't certain about joining the group.
- He is just as certain about this as he is about wanting to reach his sporting potential as an adult, not as a teenager.
- If you can't be certain about that then how can you be certain about anything?
- Widdecombe does, though, concede that it is hard to be certain about what never happened.
- I am not certain about this particular rendition will taste, only time will tell.
- Take out a piece of paper and write down the things you are pretty much certain about.
- It is a very old poem from 1994 and not even I am certain about the origin of much of it.
- If one thing is certain about the war in Iraq, it is that lawyers are making a packet.
- I am sure that after today's antics you are quite certain about what I did all day long.
- OK, that was a bit strong, and I am actually much less certain about the issue than that.
- I am not certain about that, your Honour, but my belief is that it did not go on appeal.
- Of course nobody can be certain about future developments and how the trade union leaders will act.
- As with the gospel as a whole, it is impossible to be certain about earlier stages of composition.
- If you aren't sure about total numbers you can still send us a booking for those you are certain about.
- That is a fact that we can be certain about without having to be a marlin to know it.
- Ad folk need to be certain about who and how many people they are reaching.
- Surely that would be as big a torment to the families of his victims as the certain knowledge that they will never know.
- What I miss is the certain knowledge that if only she would quit, the world would be a better place.
- I woke up this morning so bloody sure of everything and now am slightly less certain.
2(particular)ciertoit's only open on certain days/at certain times of day — está abierto solamente ciertos días/a ciertas horas (del día)
- he has a certain something — tiene un no sé qué / (un) algo especial
- he has a certain charm — tiene un cierto encanto
- there are certain things you ought to know — hay ciertas cosas que deberías saber
- a certain person refused to go — cierta persona se negó a ir
- a certain Jill Brown — una tal Jill Brown
- a certain amount of envy is inevitable — es inevitable que haya cierta envidia
- Depending on the status of the field only certain units may be able to operate from the area.
- For every advanced feature added, I increasingly expect to be able to do certain things.
- I'm not trying to sound like a saint, but we take for granted that we are healthy and able to live a certain way.
- Foreigners know that you need experience in your field to able to have a certain job.
- In certain conditions he is able to see the fate of those who have disappeared.
- Many anglers did not renew in April because they weren't able to fish in certain areas.
- If you do this out of necessity rather than choice you may be able to claim certain running costs.
- They knew that a just society relies on a certain level of order and cohesiveness.
- Life is not just about living and dying and as such we all should be able to enjoy a certain quality of life.
- I think when you play a character you have to be able to relate to certain aspects.
- He also relied upon certain paragraphs in the Guidance issued by the Secretary of State.
- In this connection the Bank relies on certain observations of Lord Steyn in Williams v.
- Those who do not have a problem will be able to pick out certain numbers or shapes from within the dot patterns.
- The Employer's pleading relied on certain express and implied terms of the contract.
- Yet, they keep winning, whilst certain pretenders have experienced a few slips.
- Since he won Pop Idol, certain areas of the media have sought to blame Young for all the world's ills.
- If we had stuck a few more phases on certain moves the win would have been more comfortable.
- As a male I have never been able to understand why a certain variety of my own sex cannot take defeat by a woman.
- If you want a certain party to win, it is better that you persuade many others to vote for them than vote yourself.
- Tricks have no value in themselves; the object is to win tricks with certain cards in them.
- he has a certain something — tiene un no sé qué / (un) algo especial
1certain of his colleagues/her works — ciertos colegas suyos/ciertas obras suyas