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Jane May 07, 2008 05:28 PM

I was told...
 
` I was told that ...´
Please what would be the best way to say this in spanish?
I thought of `Me dijieron que...´ but I think it translates better as `They told me that...´

Rusty May 07, 2008 08:58 PM

Me dijeron que ...
works, but would normally be used if a plural subject exists elsewhere in the sentence, or if one was previously established in the conversation. For example:
¿Qué dijeron los médicos?
Me dijeron que todo resultó bien.

The English phrase 'was told' is in the passive voice. The subject isn't known or isn't really important to convey. In Spanish, 'I was told' is said 'se dijo' or 'se dijeron'. You could throw the indirect object pronoun me in the middle of each phrase, but that isn't totally necessary. The reflexive looking 'se' can be translated as 'someone,' 'one,' or 'they' in English, to make more sense of the construct. See more information here.

Tomisimo May 07, 2008 09:13 PM

I agree with Rusty.

Just like a word or phrase in English can have two (or more) meanings, Me dijeron is the best translation for both I was told and They told me. Another option would be Alguien me dijo (Someone told me). As Rusty said, Se dijo can also be a valid translation in some situations.

sosia May 08, 2008 02:39 AM

other option
"me comentaron que iba a realizarse una reducción de personal"

Saludos :D

Alfonso May 08, 2008 10:48 AM

Isn't an imperative nuance conveyed in I was told?
What's the difference between these:
  • I was told to go.
  • They told me to go.

Rusty May 08, 2008 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alfonso (Post 7904)
Isn't an imperative nuance conveyed in I was told?

What's the difference between these:
  • I was told to go.
  • They told me to go.

Both sentences mean the same thing.

poli May 08, 2008 11:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alfonso (Post 7904)
Isn't an imperative nuance conveyed in I was told?



What's the difference between these:
  • I was told to go.
  • They told me to go.

En un significado son iguales, pero el significado cambia en la segunda frase si la palabra they se refiere a personas específicas.
Ejemplo de They told me to go con un significado específico: What did John and Mary tell you? They told me to go.

Ejemplo de they told me to go es igual a I was told to go y yo no se si una circunstancia así te habia pasado: I went to a party and got so drunk, I got into a fight and they told me to go/I was to to go/I was asked to go/shown the door

Gracias por corregirme

Poli

Alfonso May 08, 2008 05:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by poli (Post 7907)
En un significado /sentido son iguales, pero el significado cambia en la segunda frase si la palabra they se refiere a personas específicas /concretas.
Ejemplo de They told me to go con un significado específico: What did John and Mary tell you? They told me to go.

Ejemplo de they told me to go es igual a I was told to go y yo no sé si una circunstancia así te ha pasado: I went to a party and got so drunk, I got into a fight and they told me to go/I was to to go/I was asked to go/shown the door

Gracias por corregirme

Poli

Te doy dos sinónimos, arriba en violeta, que me parecen más precisos para lo que quieres decir. No obstante, las palabras que usas son correctas.

Entiendo que estableces la diferencia entre un construcción impersonal (they told me to go..., cuando they no se refiere a nadie en concreto) y una construcción personal (cuando they son personas concretas). Lo mismo ocurre en español.

No, hasta ahora no me ha pasado. A pesar de mi mala fama, suelo volar siempre sobrio.

Gracias por la ayuda, Poli y Rusty.

Jane May 09, 2008 06:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alfonso (Post 7936)
No, hasta ahora no me ha pasado. A pesar de mi mala fama, suelo volar siempre sobrio.

I can´t seem to understand this sentence.
`No, until now it hasn´t happened to me. In spite of my bad image/fame, I usually always fly sober´
Please, what does it mean?
Is my translation right?

Iris May 09, 2008 07:06 AM

He means he's not an alcoholic despite what others might say in the forum.:DAnyway I've been told he doesn't have much experience of drinking.

Alfonso May 09, 2008 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jane (Post 7989)
I can´t seem to understand this sentence.
`No, until now it hasn´t happened to me. In spite of my bad image/fame, I usually always fly sober´
Please, what does it mean?
Is my translation right?

Perfect translation!

Jane May 09, 2008 05:40 PM

Thanks, Alfonso.
By the way, Iris, thanks for explaining his status with the bottle. I was beginning to wonder.;) Coming from you, it´s a relief.:):cool:

gatitoverde May 09, 2008 09:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iris (Post 7992)
He means he's not an alcoholic despite what others might say in the forum.:DAnyway I've been told he doesn't have much experience of drinking.

En escribir se debe utilizar "at" en vez de "of" aquí, pero in el hablar informal, es más común no utilizar ninguna palabra: he doesn't have much experience drinking. Pero "the experience of flying an aeroplane is an exciting one" es un ejemplo del uso correcto de "of," versus "he has no experience at flying an aeroplane." Necesito pensar en el porqué. Es confundido ya sé.

Alfonso May 10, 2008 01:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gatitoverde (Post 8038)
Al escribir se debe utilizar "at" en vez de "of" aquí, pero en el habla() informal, es más común / habitual no utilizar ninguna palabra: he doesn't have much experience drinking. Pero "the experience of flying an aeroplane is an exciting one" es un ejemplo del uso correcto de "of," versus "he has no experience at flying an aeroplane." Necesito pensar en el porqué. Es confuso, ya sé / ya lo sé.

You will use ya sé in some South American countries. In Spain we rarely say ya sé. The most common is to say ya lo sé.

We don't use común as often as you use in English common. The most fitting word is habitual.

gatitoverde May 10, 2008 01:09 PM

Alfonso, you rock! Thanks for taking the time to correct me. I'm trying to find things to say just so someone will bother to correct them. :)


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