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"Tengo todo bajo control."

Translation:I have everything under control.

August 13, 2016



Is this really a used phrase though in Spanish speaking environments?


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According to my dictionary it is.


It is strange to me that the English phrase "under control" would translate literally into Spanish. After all, in the phrase "under control" we are not talking about something being below something else. I have to wonder if the phrase "bajo control" is just a "spanishization" (to coin a word) of the English phrase? Does anyone know?


My three-inch thick very thorough Spanish-English dictionary lists "bajo control" as a Spanish phrase that translates into the English "under control" so I believe it's legit. Other similar legitimate phrases it lists are bajo los efectos de drogas (under the influence of drugs) and bajo la de tutela de (under the guardianship of), neither of which involve something being literally "below something else" physically, so it seems that in Spanish it has a similar idiomatic usage as in English.


But "bajo construcción" is not accepted.


A quick search finds numerous examples of "bajo construcción". One example I pulled out of a current news story: "Para esta semana, el gobierno había completado 273 kilómetros (170 millas) de muro fronterizo y están bajo construcción aproximadamente 290 kilómetros (180 millas) más."


Why "lo" is not needed in the beginning of this sentence? I've just seen exact same one but with "lo".


Why can't it be "i have all under control"?


Because that's not correct English. You'd need an extra pronoun in order to use 'all': "I have it all under control."


Ah i see. Thanks for explaining that.


It's not incorrect English, it's just odd English, apparently odd enough that Duo doesn't accept "I have all under control". I wonder if Duo accepts "I have everything under control" which is the same as "I have (it) all under control".


The difference is that everything can be used as a noun, but all can't.

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