Rispondere a un torto

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by NewPoliteUsername, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. NewPoliteUsername Junior Member

    Italian
    How would you translate "rispondere a un torto/un'ingiustizia"?

    Is "to answer (to?) a wrong" fine? And the "to" in brackets is necessary/correct?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Paulfromitaly

    Paulfromitaly MODerator

    Brescia (Italy)
    Italian
  3. NewPoliteUsername Junior Member

    Italian
    Whole sentence: "Le onte subite non si lavano rispondendo al torto".

    Context: There is a person talking about life and saying, as a general moral rule, you should not do what said in the previous sentence.
     
  4. Paulfromitaly

    Paulfromitaly MODerator

    Brescia (Italy)
    Italian
    Cosa vuol dire "rispondere ad un torto"?
     
  5. NewPoliteUsername Junior Member

    Italian
    Vuol dire ripagare con la stessa moneta. Se uno, per esempio, ti spacca il vetro dell'auto con un martello, ripagare il torto sarebbe che tu facessi lo stesso con la sua macchina.

    Magari non è chiaro nemmeno per i madrelingua per cui traduco: "Ripagare un torto" means, for example, that if someone breaks your car's glass with a hammer, you take a hammer and do the same with its car.
     
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  6. Mary49

    Mary49 Senior Member

    Padova
    Italian
    Ti piace proprio usare "its" al posto di "his/her", vero?:)
     
  7. NewPoliteUsername Junior Member

    Italian
    Una brutta svista o un lapsus freudiano?
     
  8. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    One doesn't/shouldn't respond to an injustice [like with like]/[taking an eye for an eye attitude] might be a couple of options.
     
  9. NewPoliteUsername Junior Member

    Italian
    Thank you very much, YLR! So is it okay just to say "respond to an injustice", for translating my sentence?
     
  10. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    :thumbsup:

    Here are some examples to see how it's used.
     

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