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Old July 01, 2014, 05:34 AM
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Si a mano viene


Could somebody please explain to me the origin of the expression "si a mano viene"? I found this in the novel Noli Me Tangere and in the english version of the novel it is translated as " if occasion should arise".

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Old July 01, 2014, 05:46 AM
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DRAE gives,
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si a ~ viene. 1. expr. Si llega el caso, por ventura, tal vez.

So the English translation seems ad hoc, i.e., "if occasion should arise"... literally, if it "comes to hand"...

Hope that helps.
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If it comes handy....
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Old July 07, 2014, 02:42 AM
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