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Old January 08, 2009, 07:33 AM
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Se han movido a sus anchas

Does anyone have a clue as to its meaning?
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Old January 08, 2009, 09:08 AM
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Does anyone have a clue as to its meaning?
Hi!

Here are some examples of similar phrases:

estar a sus anchas – to be comfortable
a sus anchas - at their leisure / freely
sentirse a sus anchas - feel at home/at ease

In your context it means that ''They have moved freely''

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Old January 08, 2009, 10:24 AM
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Thanks Cuban Boy.
Can you say El chef está en sus anchas cuando está en la cocina?
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El profesor está en sus anchas en su aula?
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Can you say El chef está/se siente ''a'' sus anchas cuando está en la cocina?
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El profesor está/se siente ''a'' sus anchas en ''el'' aula?

It is not ''en'' but ''a''.
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Old January 08, 2009, 02:12 PM
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Thanks again. One more question about a su ancha.
Can I say Estoy a mi ancha con esa idea?
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Estoy a mis anchas con esa idea.
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I have a better idea above it, the oration or sentence, Se ha movido a sus anchas, my country on meaning when a person any person, for example you, if you are moving to some place on other city or state, but you are moving you of a way very comfortable, then you can say to the person, Te estas moviendo a tus anchas, because you are free, and no one cans says you that you must not move to where you wanna go.
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Cubanboy is right.
The "freely" it's not only free but it has also a "pleasure" point.(at ease, comfortable)
Poli, usually a teacher ist not very comfortable in the classroom.
The cook it's a better example.

a typical example
"Yo estoy a mis anchas cuando mi mujer no está en casa, veo la tele mientras como en el sofá"

¿Estoy a mi ancha con esa idea?
You can say that, but usually you do not move with an idea.

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Cubanboy is right.
The "freely" it's not only free but it has also a "pleasure" point.(at ease, comfortable)
Poli, usually a teacher ist not very comfortable in the classroom.
The cook it's a better example.

a typical example
"Yo estoy a mis anchas cuando mi mujer no está en casa, veo la tele mientras como en el sofá"

¿Estoy a mi ancha con esa idea?
You can say that, but usually you do not move with an idea.

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Thanks Sosia. In English we can be comfortable with an idea as well
as a comfortable on a sofa. Being comfortable with a concept doesn't translate well to Spanish.
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I hope someone is still following this thread. I was going to post this as a new question, but a search on the word "anchas" brought me here.

In the phrase "Estar a sus anchas", does the article match the subject of the sentence? Like in the following:
- Estoy a mis anchas...
- Estás a tus anchas...
- Está a sus anchas...

Or does the article need to match something else that I'm missing?

Also, I see some examples above where "ancha" is used instead of "anchas". But I don't follow why sometimes the singular is used instead of the plural. How do I know the difference?

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