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"Ei plângeau degeaba!"

Translation:They were crying for nothing!

December 29, 2016



"In vain" and "for nothing" mean two separate things in English.

Crying in vain- the reason for crying may or may not be justified, but crying will not improve the situation.

Crying for nothing- the person has no reason to cry.

It's my understanding that „degeaba" means "in vain". To express "for nothing" I would think „pentru puțin" ori „fără motiv" would be better translations.


I think "for nothing" can carry either meaning.


Crying for nothing reminds me of when my kids were toddlers. ;-)

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