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Old August 06, 2019, 06:19 AM
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Rich pensaba que se las estaba arreglando...

Hi,

Rich pensaba que se las estaba arreglando muy
bien hasta que comenzaron los vómitos.

What is this las, and why plural?
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Another instance of lexicalized pronouns

arreglárselas = cope, manage, get by (without any aid)
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The original text is "Rich felt like he was doing pretty well until the vomiting started"

Again, problems with the translation. Arreglárselas implies Rich is the agent in a wide variety of situations (he copes, he manages) while be doing well implies he is getting better after an illness.

In my opinion, a more proper translation would be "Rich sintió que estaba mejorando sostenidamente, cuando comenzaron los vómitos" where cuando substitutes until implying the turn of the events
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