¿Sabías que...?: ¿Es necesario poner la diéresis (umlaut) sobre la u en cig?eña o ping?ino? Sí, porque señala que la u debe pronunciarse.
avail / es inútil
 
avail   [əˈveɪl]   literary
A. -noun
·it is of no avail
·es inútil
·to be of little avail
·ser de poco provecho
·of what avail is it to ...?
¿de qué sirve ... + infinitive ?
·to no avail
·en vano
B. -transitive verb   valer
·to avail o.noun. of
·aprovechar(se de),   valerse de
C. -intransitive verb
·it avails nothing to
+ INFIN   de nada sirve + infinitive
 
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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