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I need help defining 'con' in this sentence

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¿Sabías que tu cuerpo interpreta una sonrisa 'con' la felicidad?

Is the sentence translated as

  • Did you know that your body interprets a smile 'as' happiness?

or

  • Did you know that your body interprets a smile 'with' happiness?

...Or is it completely irrelevant which word is used in this context?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/CliffJonesJr
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I'm pretty sure it should either be "interprets ... as" or "equates ... with". The prepositions are not interchangeable in this context. I'm using my intuition as a native speaker on this one, but I'm also a trained linguist.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiLi_Student

My native language is Spanish and I think the sentence "¿Sabías que tu cuerpo interpreta una sonrisa CON la felicidad?" is not correct. The correct expression is "¿Sabías que tu cuerpo interpreta una sonrisa COMO la felicidad?".

I hope you can understand me, my English is not very good! Pero me estoy esforzando para mejorar :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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My non-native instincts say the latter. Like, it "equates a smile with happiness".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oleron3
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I think MrCliffJones is saying that it depends on which verb you use in English. "Interprets" would use "as"; "equates" would use "with." Either choice has a slightly different meaning, but they're both correct. And I would not switch them. Interprets with"? No. Equates as? No.

Ahh, English! So many choices!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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I said "equates with" in my example. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oleron3
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I wasn't correcting you, Al. Just ruminating on the possibilities. Munch. Chew. Moooo. Lingots to you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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:P You confuse me. ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lenkvist
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Maybe, "your body acts/performs a smile with (full of) happiness"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CharmingTiger
CharmingTiger
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Okay. Thanks guys. I have a tendency to second-guess my translations whenever they are edited.

3 years ago