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Old September 23, 2009, 12:49 AM
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How do you say " Las cosas no pintan bien"? It means that things don´t seem as good as they should be.
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Old September 23, 2009, 02:18 AM
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"Things don't look good", ¿no?
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Old September 23, 2009, 04:06 AM
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I guess so .
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how about "he/she/it doesn't paint a pretty picture.".

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how about "he/she/it doesn't paint a pretty picture.".

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We also say this without the verb paint:
It's not a pretty picture.

This is what we say when something isn't quite as imagined/described:

I just bought an iPod Touch.
Oh, how do you like it?
It's not all it's cracked up to be. (It's not quite as I imagined it would be.)
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I'd like to give another example in this case.

Las cosas no pintan bien.

The things aren't in optimums conditions.

It can be a equal or equivalent of the you have said here.
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I'd like to give another example in this case.

Las cosas no pintan bien.

The things aren't in optimums conditions.

It can be an equal or equivalent of what you have said here.
The correct way to say that is:
Things aren't in optimum condition.

English adjectives don't agree in number with the noun.
We don't use the definite article when we're speaking about things in general.

By the way, this sentence sounds very formal and wouldn't be used in everyday speech. I wouldn't recommend it if I were you.
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