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29 / 11 / 2004

TENER ALGO A MANO IN ENGLISH: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope everybody had a good weekend. The content for today's Daily Vitamin comes from a question from Ana C. Ana wants to know how to say "tener algo a mano" in English. She gives the example: (i) Siempre tengo a mano una navajilla. Ana, I hope you don't use the knife for violent activity. ;-) In English this expression is: to have something to hand It means: to have something near you so that it is always available for use. Example 1: I like to have a Swiss army knife to hand when I go hiking in the mountains because you never know when you might need it. Example 2: Do you happen to have a pen to hand? I need to fill in this form. You could also use the expression: to have something handy. Example 3: I'm afraid I don't have my mobile handy. I'll have to make the call later on. Thank you very much for your question, Ana. We'll be answering other Daily Vitamin questions and requests in the near future. If you would like to send us a suggestion, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a good day!