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a smile big enough for the both of us

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by deny80, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. deny80 Senior Member

    Lombardia
    Italian - Italy
    Non riesco a dare una traduzione decente a questa frase apparentemente semplice. Una bambina sta porgendo un fiore a una donna (voce narrante).

    With a smile big enough for the both of us, she stretched her arm toward me.

    Perché "for the both of us"? In che senso?

    Aiuto!
     
  2. london calling Senior Member

    SALERNO, ITALY
    UK ENGLISH
    Significa un sorriso grande grandissimo.
     
  3. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    grande grandissimo :tick: -exactly
    But I'm wondering if there is any way to render what I see as a beautifully descriptive metaphor in the same way in Italian. Reading this, I picture the lady (perhaps serious, or at least not smiling) being affected by the child's smile and breaking into a smile herself - a smile big enough for the two of them!
     
  4. Spiritoso78

    Spiritoso78 Senior Member

    Tolmezzo, Friuli (I)
    Italiano e friulano
    Un sorriso grande come il cielo. Might it go?
     

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