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Old November 29, 2009, 10:30 PM
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Lo que hubiera dado yo........

Can someone explain this to me? I have seen hubiera used in forms of ..."Si hubiera una tienda por aquí".. If there was a store around here... "Si yo hubiera"... If I had...
But I don't think this one fits with either of those. This whole frase has be confused. The only part I get is "to have a dress like this".

lo que hubiera dado yo de pequeña tener un vestido así
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Can someone explain this to me? I have seen hubiera used in forms of ..."Si hubiera una tienda por aquí".. If there was a store around here... "Si yo hubiera"... If I had...
But I don't think this one fits with either of those. This whole frase has be confused. The only part I get is "to have a dress like this".

lo que hubiera dado yo de pequeña tener un vestido así
What had I given as a little girl to have a dress like that.
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The I have gave for have a dress like that?.....


I don't know if my practice is right, please you feeling you free to correcting me.
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What had I given as a little girl to have a dress like that.
Is that interrogative construction (had I) to give more emphasis?
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Is that interrogative construction (had I) to give more emphasis?
Yes, it is a shortened (and not very good ) form of "What would I have given..." which I suppose is a rhetorical interrogative (I've just invented that).
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Old November 30, 2009, 05:54 AM
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"Rhetorical interrogative"...Kudos, Perikles!
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"Rhetorical interrogative"...Kudos, Perikles!
Thank you. I've just checked in my Latin primer, and it calls them rhetorical questions. It also has a handy note which says 'Questions in the 1st and 3rd person are often rhetorical'. I suppose they are really: Why am I alive? or What is that idiot doing?
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Yes, it is a shortened (and not very good ) form of "What would I have given..." which I suppose is a rhetorical interrogative (I've just invented that).
I always have problems with that one...

What would I have given, to me it means" Qué habría dado..."

It was my first thought but then I changed it.
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Gracias. Así que en este frase, "de pequeña" puede ser usado como "as a little girl". ¿Ese funciona en otras frases?
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