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    Compound the problem

    This is a fragment I had to translate into Spanish during my University access examinations two weeks ago:

    Years ago, a cigarette commercial asked if you were smoking more, but enjoying it less. That describes the way many of us live today. We are doing more, but enjoying it less. And when that doesn't work, we compound the problem. In our frantic search for satisfaction, we try stuffing still more into our days, never realizing that we are taking the wrong approach.
    I know the meaning of compound, either as a noun, an adjective or a verb.
    But I'm not sure about its meaning in this context.
    I translated it something like "we add complexity to the problem", but hard as I have tried to understand it, I must confess I still have my doubts.



    Any input welcome, specially by English speakers.


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    Re: Compound the problem

    Pretty good!
    More simply, we 'make it worse', or intensify the negative aspects of something.

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    Re: Compound the problem

    Thanks, that's what I thought. Mind you I've had to translate my translation.

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