sum up

#1
Hola. He buscado en varios diccionarios y en varios ejemplos el significado de SUM UP, y casi siempre lo asimilan a Summarize, pero hay ejemplos en los que utilizando SUM UP, "resumir" me suena algo extraño.

¿Puedo decir, por ejemplo, "To sum sth/sb up", queriendo decir: "hacerse una idea de algo o de alguien"?,
Si pudieran darme ejemplos del uso cotidiano de esta expresión se los agradecería mucho.
 
  • Broccolicious

    Senior Member
    English - England
    #2
    Hi there

    You're right, there are two distinct meanings here - maybe even three:

    1. To summarise:
    "I know I have been complaining about John for three hours, but I can sum it all up by saying that he is an arrogant, boring and stupid man."

    2. To conclude:
    "So, I would like to sum up by saying that this has been a very interesting meeting, and we have made some important decisions."

    3. To describe something or someone succinctly:
    "Lucy is a really spiteful old cow."
    "Yes, that sums her up completely!"

    Hope that helps!

    Broc
     
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