Spanish syntax

Michael Covarrubias mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU
Tue Apr 8 02:01:33 UTC 2008

Mark Mandel wrote

>> In parts of Florida they use another dialect of Latin: "Ici on parle=20
>>  francais."
>>  I saw a bilingual sign above a   broken urinal in Orlando the other
>> day that
>>  said "OUT OF ORDER -- NO TRABAJO" -- is this pesonification or what?
> (Oww. I missed the pun till just now.)
> Bad translation, since "trabajar" doesn't mean "work" in the sense of
> 'function'.

Sure it does. It's especially common in the progressive '(no) esta


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