Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 24
    #1

    Live it large without a lick of work

    The text is:


    Bob doesn't believe there are fellows that live it large without a lick of work, just doing this. I don't want to be too clever by half, but I can't imagine anyone that can be fooled by tricks so innocent. [or by so innocent tricks]. (This = cheating people)


    I think that fool doesn't imply that something was done with malice, so I wanted to know if it's better to use maliciously fooled by-- or, for example, scammed by--.


    As there are a lot of idioms in this paragraph, I would like to know if the text is grammatically correct? Thank you in advance.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,500
    #2

    Re: Live it large without a lick of work

    Welcome to the forum, cbergamo.

    Please tell us the source and author of your quotation.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 24
    #3

    Re: Live it large without a lick of work

    I was trying to translate into English the most difficult excerpt of the dialogue of a very old foreign movie (3 minutes), so I can say I am the author of the English text that I posted a while ago. Is it what you wanted to know? Thanks in advance for your help.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 29-May-2015 at 08:24. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,903
    #4

    Re: Live it large without a lick of work

    To me, it means that Bob doesn't believe that there are people who enoy such a good life without working, just by cheating people. The speaker is surprised that people can be fooled so easily.

    by so innocent tricks- this should be by such innocent tricks


    Innocent doesn't seem to fit the context to me.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 24
    #5

    Re: Live it large without a lick of work

    Would it be better to use the adjectives simple or naive instead of innocent in the context? "such naive tricks" "such simple tricks"

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,500
    #6

    Re: Live it large without a lick of work

    'Simple' would work, but not 'naive'.

    People are naive not tricks.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: May 2015
    • Posts: 24
    #7

    Re: Live it large without a lick of work

    What about poor? Would it work here better than simple? such poor tricks
    My intention was to mean that the tricks to fool naive people were poorly done. So, maybe the best would be such poorly done tricks.
    I would appreciate your help.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 28-Feb-2013, 23:50
  2. [Vocabulary] a large number of/ large numbers of + plural/ sinhular/ uncountable
    By wotcha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27-Mar-2012, 10:13
  3. The house (in) which I live is very large.
    By sitifan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 27-Dec-2011, 11:17
  4. [General] Pumas are large animals vs A puma is a large animal
    By cubezero3 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Jan-2011, 19:36

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •