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Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by suchard, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. suchard

    suchard Junior Member

    argentina
    español
    cuando uno recibe un mensaje de texto en el celular. estas oraciones tienen sentido en este contexto?
    1-I received a message in my mobile
    2- A message came through to my mobile
     
  2. Biffo Senior Member

    England
    English - England
    Usually we would say "I received a message on my mobile." I can't explain why - it's just an idiom :)

    (2) is correct but not so usual.
     
  3. suchard

    suchard Junior Member

    argentina
    español
    Thanks Biffo for helping me, so in which circumstance may I use: come through?
     
  4. Biffo Senior Member

    England
    English - England
    In (1) the emphasis is on receiving the message. In (2) the emphasis is on the destination.

    Examples

    (1)
    "I received a message from my brother."
    "Did it come by mail?"
    "No - on my mobile."

    (2)
    A message came through to my mobile but I never received it because I had dropped the phone in the canal.

    Does that help?
     
  5. suchard

    suchard Junior Member

    argentina
    español
    Now I got it. number 1 : receive. number 2: it arrived but I din't see it. Am I right?
     
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2013
  6. kayokid

    kayokid Senior Member

    Chicago
    English, USA
    #2 does not imply that you did not see the message. It emphasizes the method of how the message got to the destination.

    A message came through to my mobile. = A message was transmitted to my mobile.

    Well, that's my opinion...
     
  7. suchard

    suchard Junior Member

    argentina
    español
    thanks kayokid, I understand now. :)
     

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