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Discussion in 'Spanish-English Vocabulary / Vocabulario Español-Inglés' started by esl student, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. esl student Senior Member

    Mexico
    Spanish-Mexico
    Hay veces que el pato nada y hay veces que ni agua bebe.

    I was wondering if there`s a similar expression in English to refer that sometimes, we have abundance of something and sometimes we have nothing.

    Thank you.
     
  2. gengo

    gengo Senior Member

    We say "When it rains, it pours," meaning that either we have a lot of something, or nothing. I'm not familiar with the Spanish saying, though, so the nuance may be different.
     
  3. esl student Senior Member

    Mexico
    Spanish-Mexico
    Well, the context is this: My firend is a sales manager, the last week was a good week for him, he got to sell many units. I ran into him this morning and he told me he hadn`t sold anything this week. So I try to come up with this expression, but I couldn`t.

    Could I have said "Well, when it rains ,it pours".?

    Thank you.
     
  4. gengo

    gengo Senior Member

    Yes, you could, although we usually use that English phrase for something that is negative (but not always). You could also have said "Yeah, it's either feast or famine, eh?" I think that's a better fit here.
     
  5. aurilla Senior Member

    Puerto Rico
    Am Eng/PR Spanish
    I suggest the expression "You win some, and you lose some."
     

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