May/might as well...

Melikhovo

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Would someone be able to clarify how one would use the English phrase "might as well" in the following sentences? Here are my guesses:

1. Well, since you have nothing to do, you MIGHT AS WELL come.
ну что, если тебе нечего делать, ты пожалуй можешь прийти.

2. For 200$ more, you may as well buy the newer car.
I'm stumped on this one ^^
 
  • VicNicSor

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    Russian
    1. a small correction - ну что ж, раз уж тебе нечего делать, ты пожалуй можешь прийти.
    2. Добавив $200, ты можешь (мог бы) купить и более новую машину.
     

    Lotto74

    Member
    Russian - Russia
    This sound perfectly natural to me, as well as Vik's correction. Note that I inserted commas before and after 'пожалуй'.

    In fact, there is a small nuance. The expression "you might as well..." could be translated as "ты можешь и..."

    For example: since you have nothing to do, you might as well come -> так как тебе нечего делать, [ты] можешь и прийти.

    "И" means optionality and indifference here: you may come to my place, or you could go elsewhere, it does not matter much to me.

    "Ты" is optional and could be omitted. In fact, words which could be easily guessed in context are usually omitted in Russian, especially in colloquial speech.
     

    Philolog65

    New Member
    Russian - Russia
    I sometimes translate phrases using "might as well" as "С таким же успехом..." - it's really a matter of your choice, but there is no universal solution for translating this one.
     
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