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Not All Mismos Created Alike

By January 23, 2013

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Mismo (and related words such as mismas) is a word commonly used to indicate that something is the same as something else, or identical. And as our lesson on mismo explains, it also can be used to add emphasis, as in this sentence: Tú mismo puedes aprender — you yourself can learn this.

Note that the "yourself" in the sample translation is not an example of a reflexive pronoun.


January 23, 2013 at 12:07 pm
(1) sfree says:

RE: Ellos mismos reconocen su ineficacia e ineptitud. They themselves recognize their inability and ineptitude.

There’s must be a context, unbeknownst to us, which prompted you to translate ‘ineficacia’ to ‘inabiity’. I understand translation to be an art and can be very subjective so there must be a good reason.

Were I doing it, I’d prefer either inefficacy or inefficiency to inability; and of the two, I prefer inefficacy.

In addition, I would add ‘own’ after ‘recognized their’ so that the sentence reads:
“They themselves recognize their own inefficacy and ineptitude.”

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