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Old November 01, 2009, 06:07 AM
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Rajoy no puede con ella

Does this mean Rajoy can't deal with her ?

This is the headline of an article in El Pais which I am finding incredibly difficult to understand, partly because the politics seem hopelessy complicated.
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Old November 01, 2009, 06:47 AM
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Does this mean Rajoy can't deal with her ?

This is the headline of an article in El Pais which I am finding incredibly difficult to understand, partly because the politics seem hopelessly complicated.
You're correct. That should be the meaning.
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Old November 01, 2009, 11:31 AM
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Maybe I can't cope with her? I can see a pun here. By one side, he is not able to show himself as the leader of the party to her. By the other, I can see the pun in the tittle of the article, as if really he couldn't put up with her. Usually, the head lines are quite deceitful.
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Old November 01, 2009, 12:13 PM
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Maybe I can't cope with her? I can see a pun here. By one side, he is not able to show himself as the leader of the party to her. By the other, I can see the pun in the tittle of the article, as if really he couldn't put up with her. Usually, the head lines are quite deceitful.
Thanks Irmamar, now I can see the pun.

By the way:

By one side, .... By the other,
On the one hand, ... on the other hand ...

And tittle would be pronounced like little, with a short i.
The i is long, so only one t after it: title - remember?
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Old November 01, 2009, 12:29 PM
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Thanks Irmamar, now I can see the pun.

By the way:

By one side, .... By the other,
On the one hand, ... on the other hand ...

And tittle would be pronounced like little, with a short i.
The i is long, so only one t after it: title - remember?
Thanks, Perikles. I had already forgotten yesterday's lesson (long i)

Could I say on the one hand, ... on the other, ... (omitting the second "hand" -omitting, short i )
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Old November 01, 2009, 01:02 PM
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Thanks, Perikles. I had already forgotten yesterday's lesson (long i)

Could I say on the one hand, ... on the other, ... (omitting the second "hand" -omitting, short i )
No, I think you should always include the second 'hand'.

As for omitting, I did say the double consonant rule has plenty of exceptions, but this is not one of them. 'tt' for a short i. and single m for a long o. !! (Some would use a short o here, but I wouldn't.)
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Old November 01, 2009, 01:11 PM
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No, I think you should always include the second 'hand'.

As for omitting, I did say the double consonant rule has plenty of exceptions, but this is not one of them. 'tt' for a short i. and single m for a long o. !! (Some would use a short o here, but I wouldn't.)
Yes, I've seen the phonetic symbol, with the schwa and the u that looks like a Greek ypsilon (omit /əʊ'mɪt/). So it follows the rules. Thanks again
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I think the translation would be, Rajoy can´t do anything about her rather than can´t deal with her. Am I wrong?
No poder con alguien, means to be unable to control sb.
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I'm with Robin here. He's unable to have any control on her actions.
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"No poder con alguien" has two meanings, that's why I said there was a pun in the title.
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