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    Re: be up to

    Just pointing out it's ometto's question that is recent...

    The rest is almost 12 months old.

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    Re: to be up to - Usare la funzione di ricerca please

    Quote Originally Posted by ometto81 View Post
    I've always used "to be up to" for asking someone if he was in the mood for doing something (like "are you up for a beer?"). Now I had a discussion about that with some friends and I'm not sure about the right use of this word (also because in the dictionary is not mentioned). Is it posible a use of "to be up to" like the one I have done?
    "To be up to" has two different meanings (there may be others but I can't think of them at the moment). It can be used to mean What are you doing? (What are you up to?) andit can also be used to mean Are you in the mood? (Are you up to........?)

    What are you doing?

    A. What are you up to?
    B. I'm cleaning the bathroom/ I'm listening to one of Marcella's songs on the radio.

    Are you in the mood?

    A. Are you up to going to the movies tonight?
    B. I'd like to but I've got to look after my baby brother/I'd love to go! What do you want to see?

    What are you doing? and Are you in the mood?

    What are you up to? Are you up to going to see the soccer match between.......... and ........?

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    Re: be up to

    "To be up to" can also mean to be capable of doing a task or facing a challenge.

    A. Is Sarah up to the job she's been given?
    B. Absolutely! She'll do a brilliant job; I can guarantee it.

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    Re: be up to

    Mi riallaccio al thread:
    si può dire
    "what are you up to?"

    riferito a "cosa stai tramando/combinando?"

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    Re: be up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Sischo View Post
    Mi riallaccio al thread:
    si può dire
    "what are you up to?"
    esatto!

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    Re: be up to

    Riporto su questo thread per chiedere lumi sulla domanda "you up to much?".

    Chiarito che what are you up to significa che combini, che fai di bello etc., come potremmo tradurre in italiano (are) you up to much?

    La mia proposta è: sei molto impegnato / hai molto da fare? Il mio dubbio è che "much" possa significare anche "stai facendo grandi cose / qualcosa di interessante" e quindi non c'entri nulla con la quantità...

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    Re: be up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Frasi View Post

    La mia proposta è: sei molto impegnato / hai molto da fare? Il mio dubbio è che "much" possa significare anche "stai facendo grandi cose / qualcosa di interessante" e quindi non c'entri nulla con la quantità...
    Qui non direi che la parola much abbia quell'accezione (di grande cose ecc).
    "You up to much?" direi signicia "Che fai in questo momento / in questi giorni?" oppure qualcosa simile, non so se lo si dice in italiano ma spero che il significato sia chiaro.

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    Re: be up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Alxmrphi View Post
    "Che fai in questo momento / in questi giorni?" oppure qualcosa simile, non so se lo si dice in italiano ma spero che il significato sia chiaro.
    Che fai di bello?
    Je suis Charlie."

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    Re: be up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Teerex51 View Post
    Che fai di bello?
    Ah I thought that was covered under "What are you up to?" (above).
    In Italian it'd be the same?

    What are you up to? - Che fai di bello?
    Are you up to much? - Che fai di bello?

    That's easy!
    Thanks Stefano.

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    Re: be up to

    Quindi tra what are you up to e are you up to much non c'è alcuna differenza?

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    Re: be up to

    Two other examples:

    I don't feel up to much = non me la sento di fare granché
    The children are very quiet; what are they up to? = I bambini sono silenziosi; cosa stanno combinando?

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    Re: be up to

    I due esempi di Einstein mostrano giustamente che up to in up to much vs what are they up to non è la stessa cosa.

    Però nel caso di are you up to much?/what are you up to? vedo l'italiano Che combini/fai di bello? come valida traduzione per tutti e due. Se ci sono nuance di significato confesso che non le vedo...
    Je suis Charlie."

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    Re: be up to

    Quote Originally Posted by Teerex51 View Post

    Però nel caso di are you up to much?/what are you up to? vedo l'italiano Che combini/fai di bello? come valida traduzione per tutti e due. Se ci sono nuance di significato confesso che non le vedo...
    In realtà non le vedo neanch'io, dopo averci pensato un po'

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