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Non mi capita mai l'occasione giusta per sfruttarlo.

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by ChickenChicken, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. ChickenChicken

    ChickenChicken Senior Member

    Italian
    Ciao,

    Il contesto è un vestito elegante. Un uomo dice: "Non mi capita mai l'occasione giusta per sfruttarlo".

    Scusate se non mi viene in mente nessuna traduzione... Grazie se mi date una mano :)
     
  2. Lazzini

    Lazzini Senior Member

    I think: "I never seem to get a suitable opportunity to wear it" would do the trick.
     
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  3. ChickenChicken

    ChickenChicken Senior Member

    Italian
    Grazie Lazzini, è sia BE che AE?
     
  4. Lazzini

    Lazzini Senior Member

    There are often minor differences between AE and BE, but I wouldn't have thought there were any in this case. But perhaps someone will say otherwise.
     
  5. ALEX1981X Senior Member

    Italian
    it never happens to me the chance to wear it
     
  6. Lazzini

    Lazzini Senior Member

    I'm afraid, Alex, that this just isn't natural English. You could say "I never get the chance...".

    Edit: Adopting your construction, you might say "It never happens that I get a chance...", which is a more natural English form, but you would not often hear it.
     
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  7. ALEX1981X Senior Member

    Italian
    Thanks Lazzini bur why not ?' I found it a lot :confused:
    Maybe just - It never happens to me - would be fine ??
    What about if you put it in reverse : the chance to wear it, never happens to me - it never happens to me to wear it
     
  8. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    Hi, Alex. I agree with Lazzini"s "I never get the chance to wear it" :tick:
    Also: "I never have a chance to wear it."

    but not :cross:"It never happens to me to wear it" - NO, sorry.
    I'm not sure what you found or where, but your sentence does not sound natural.

    We also can say, "It so happens that... I never get a chance to wear it. "
     
  9. Lazzini

    Lazzini Senior Member

    The only answer I can give to "why not?" is that it's never said, without any consideration of grammatical or syntactical factors.

    A bare "It never happens to me." is fine, but not "It never happens to me the chance...".


    "It never happens to me to..." is a form that I think I may have heard once or twice, but it certainly isn't natural.
     
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  10. ALEX1981X Senior Member

    Italian
    Thanks Lazzini and Joan :=

    What I think is that could be acceptable just a bare "it never happens to me" period. As you said Lazzini.

    Is it possible to say - I never happen to wear it , instead ??
     
  11. Lazzini

    Lazzini Senior Member

    Sounds good to me.
     
  12. joanvillafane Senior Member

    U.S., New Jersey
    U.S. English
    Sounds good to me, too.
     
  13. Odysseus54

    Odysseus54 Mod huc mod illuc

    In the hills of Marche
    Italian - Marche

    Ci sono due motivi :

    - Uno grammaticale ( il doppio soggetto 'it' e 'the chance' ) - can you say " She never speaks to me the girl " ?
    - Uno lessicale - a 'chance' does not 'happen'. You get a chance, you may miss a chance, hope for a chance, a chance can present itself, but a chance does not happen.



    Qui si direbbe anche, piu' concisamente :


    " I never get to wear it "
     
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  14. ALEX1981X Senior Member

    Italian
    Grazie Ody. Spiegazione esauriente :)

    Grazie tante anche a Joan e Lazzini. Un augurio di buon natale a voi tutti :)
     
  15. Alxmrphi Senior Member

    Reykjavík, Ísland
    UK English
    Avrei detto: I never get the chance to show it off.
     

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