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Old February 02, 2018, 02:45 AM
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Como para

Hi everyone

According to Google, the following two sentences both translated as "I'm too tired to chat."

- Estoy demasiado cansado como para charlar.
- Estoy demasiado cansado para charlar.

Is there a nuance that "como" adds that gets lost in translation, or do both sentences mean essentially the same thing?

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Old February 02, 2018, 11:01 AM
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Think of 'como para' as introducing a phrase that states the expected or possible outcome of what was stated previous (the comparison). (The phrase "Tan grande como yo" is a comparison, but has no 'possible/expected outcome' phrase included. When you need to state the consequence, another phrase is needed and this is introduced with 'para'.)
Think of 'para', without 'como', as stating a purpose.

If you can't see a difference in meaning when translation occurred, the consequence (possible or expected outcome) was lost on the translator (be that a person or a machine).

That's the way I see it.
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Old February 03, 2018, 04:50 AM
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Does changing "como para" for "para" change the understanding of the sentences in the example? I.e. in both, the speaker is too tired for chatting.
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Old February 03, 2018, 01:30 PM
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There is no change of meaning. Both, "como para" and "para" are used interchangeably in these cases.
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Old February 03, 2018, 08:19 PM
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