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Old September 29, 2008, 12:25 AM
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Hubieses pedido mas vacaciones

"hubieses pedido mas vacaciones"

after being translated, does this really say what they say it says....?

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Old September 29, 2008, 01:04 AM
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Yes, it's correct.

You have said it of a way correct.
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Old September 29, 2008, 01:05 AM
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"hubieses pedido mas vacaciones"
This piece is in the subjunctive mood, so the missing context probably expressed doubt or an emotion.

The phrase means "(that) you have asked for more vacation(s)."
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Old September 29, 2008, 01:09 AM
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Enigmatic post title, by the way. Who is saying it and what do they say it means?
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Old September 29, 2008, 04:36 AM
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strange.....pedido <<< isn't this a participle of the word "lost"? (he pedido) if i am correct that it is, and it's already confirmed that this sentence is written correctly, how did it find itself in a sentence that says "you have asked for more vacations"

i would think that "you have asked for more vacations" would be translated as "has preguntado para mas vacaciones"

am i right with that?
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Old September 29, 2008, 10:27 AM
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strange.....pedido <<< isn't this a participle of the word "lost"? (he pedido) if i am correct that it is, and it's already confirmed that this sentence is written correctly, how did it find itself in a sentence that says "you have asked for more vacations"

i would think that "you have asked for more vacations" would be translated as "has preguntado para mas vacaciones"

am i right with that?
pedir = to ask for something, to ask to do something
pedido = past participle of pedir
El niño me pidió unos caramelos. = The child asked me for some sweets.
Te pido que me ayudes. I ask you to help me. (The subjunctive mood used in the secondary clause in Spanish has disappeared in English. If it'll help any, here's the English translation using the subjunctive mood: I ask that you help me.)
Me sorprendió que hubieras/hubieses pedido más vacaciones. = It surprised me that you've asked for more vacation time.

preguntar = to ask a question
preguntado = past participle of preguntar
El niño preguntó cuántos huesos tiene el cuerpo humano. = The child asked how many bones the human body has.
Muchas veces me has preguntado por qué no vamos de compras. = You've asked me several times why we aren't going shopping.

perder = to lose
perdido = past participle of perder
He perdido la corbata. = I've lost my tie.
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What your sentence is saying is:

You should have asked for more vacations.
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What your sentence is saying is:

You should have asked for more vacations.
The sentence would be deberías haber pedido más vacaciones to have that translation.
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I'm sorry to disagree with you but.....

hubieses pedido más vacaciones
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deberias haber pedido mas vacaciones
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you should have asked for more vacation

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Oh, I see. You are treating the sentence as if it were a complete idea (an independent clause). While I agree that the two sentences you posted can be translated as 'you should have asked ...', I didn't think the original context was a complete sentence. I assumed there was more to it, and that we were only given the dependent clause. As such, it would be translated as 'you have/had asked'. I invented a main clause that requires the subjunctive mood in the secondary clause, and placed the dependent clause in it. The English translation of the invented sentence is "It surprised me that you have/had asked for more vacation time."

I think we're both correct, depending on our point of view.
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