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Old August 05, 2009, 09:09 PM
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Question Otro gallo le cantara

¿ Alguien podría decirme lo que significa este dicho por favor?
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¿ Alguien podría decirme lo que significa este dicho por favor?
That things would be different, if something happened...
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How would you use it in a sentence?
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Generally it is said when something goes wrong and if the change where to be produced then it would be all good.

Generally....

If Perón had not died, everything would be really different in Argentina.

Si Perón no hubiera muerto otro gallo cantaría in Argentina.
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Thanks Chileno, that helps.
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¿Se puede utilizarlo en un contexto más 'personal' o específico también?

(i.e. 'If I had not done so and so, things would be different')

Por ejemplo:

'Si no me hubiera casado con mi marido, otro gallo cantaría en mi vida' ?

O se trata más de una expresión que se utiliza más por 'cosas generales' como una situación que se aplica a un grupo de personas, un país, un era/época etc?
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You can use it for everything:

Si no me hubiera casado con mi marido, otro gallo me cantaría (everything could be worse).
Si hubiera terminado la carrera, otro gallo me cantaría (it would be better).

This saying comes from the fact of the cock (gallo?) who sang three times before St. Peter refused to Jesus (first he had denied that possibility). St. Peter refused Jesus and the cock (?) sang three times. When he heard the cock, he realized what happened.
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You can use it for everything:

Si no me hubiera casado con mi marido, otro gallo me cantaría (everything could be worse).
Si hubiera terminado la carrera, otro gallo me cantaría (it would be better).

This saying comes from the fact of the cock (gallo?) who sang three times before St. Peter refused to Jesus (first he had denied that possibility). St. Peter refused Jesus and the cock (?) sang three times. When he heard the cock, he realized what happened.
¡Aha claro! ¡Gracias irma!

Well 'cock' is used as well I think, but it does have the other meaning too, so I think it might be better better to use 'rooster'.

I'm not sure but I think perhaps you mean 'deny' instead of 'refuse'?
(St Peter denied knowing Jesus I believe)

I think 'negar' can mean both 'to deny' as 'to refuse' in Spanish, correct?
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¡Aha claro! ¡Gracias irma!

Well 'cock' is used as well I think, but it does have the other meaning too, so I think it might be better better to use 'rooster'.

I'm not sure but I think perhaps you mean 'deny' instead of 'refuse'?
(St Peter denied knowing Jesus I believe)

I think 'negar' can mean both 'to deny' as 'to refuse' in Spanish, correct?
I've looked rooster up in a dictionary and it said that it was "gallo" in AmE. I've seen also cock and cockerel. Now I'm not sure what's the word for BrE.

Yes, I should use "deny", but as I was going to use "deny" later, I was looking for a synonymous to avoid redundancy.
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I've looked rooster up in a dictionary and it said that it was "gallo" in AmE. I've seen also cock and cockerel. Now I'm not sure what's the word for BrE.
I am not sure either maybe Brute can answer that for us.

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Yes, I should use "deny", but as I was going to use "deny" later, I was looking for a synonym to avoid redundancy.
I see That happens to me a lot actually.. I write something, think something whilst writing it (a correction or something I want to check), tell myself I will correct it and then later I get so wrapped up in the text that I forget all about it.

In fact in Spanish sometimes I almost despair, when I see one verb can have maybe 20 different meanings and I am trying to figure out how to use one, or which is best..
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