this: ✓ this big/long/tall = grande/lungo/alto così ✗ big/long/tall so, big/long/tall like this

By | November 12, 2017
this big/long/tall = grande/lungo/alto così
big/long/tall so, big/long/tall like this
If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.
Se avessi saputo che sarei vissuto così a lungo, avrei avuto più cura di me stesso.
– Eubie Blake
✓ The fish that got away was this big.
✗ The fish that got away was *so big/big like this*.
Il pesce che è scappato (che ho quasi preso) era grande così.
In English we often use this + ADJECTIVE (where Italian often uses ADJECTIVE + così) to emphasise a notable physical characteristic (often accompanied by a gesture). Some examples:
✓ He was this tall – I swear!
✗ He was *tall so* – I swear!
Era alto così – giuro!
✓ The water in the kitchen was this deep.
✗ The water in the kitchen was *deep like this*.
L’acqua in cucina era alta così.
✓ The bull was this far from me – I was terrified!
✗ The bull was *far so* from me – I was terrified!
Il toro era distante tanto così da me – ero terrificata!
✓ Her hair was this long!
✗ Her hair was *long like this*!
I suoi capelli erano lunghi così!


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