Lingering by the door

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Como se diria el verbo 'linger' en espanol, la oracion es ' The boy was lingering by the back door, watching the girls' no sera ' el chico esperaba con cautela por la puerta trasera, mirando a las chicas'. Ya me doy cuenta que la oracion ha cambiado un poco asi y quiero dejarla muy parecida a la version inglesa, pero por usar los verbos detenerse or demorarse no llevan el significado que el chico estaba o esta esperanado para su oportunidad o lo que sea.

Moitas gracias de novo

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updated ABR 13, 2010
posted by Barrucho
Good question.

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How about.... demorarse--to hang about, to linger

updated ABR 13, 2010
posted by Sharon-Cash
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Marianne, Thanks I know that the context of which is very important and that it is not an easy verb to translate, and that maybe at best using an adverb in conjunction with a different verb maybe a better option. De todo modos, yout help is appreciated and has made me overdose on food for thought!!!! Maybe, it's my english intralingual interpretation of lingering by that is forcing me to considering the negative connatations that it may carry. Though what you have mentioned would be in perfectly fine with the Cambridge dictionary explanation of the verb to linger , as an 'inactivity resulting in something being put off until a later time' Which would bring us back to detenerse, esperar, rezagarse. From what my Spanish ears tell me detenerse for some reasons just sounds correct, although how right I am , I don't know.

Un abrazo

updated ABR 13, 2010
posted by Barrucho
I like "detenerse" too.
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As a novice, I'm just making a suggestion based on my reading.....have you thought of "pasar un rato"? This would be passing some time, no doing something slowly or hesitantly and I get the feeling that is what the boy was doing (with or without malevolent intent to follow).

updated ABR 13, 2010
posted by lynneweixel
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Marianne Muchas gracias por contestarme, eses verbos están bien aunque no creo que sean realmente igual porque no llevarían el sentido de una persona esperando por la espalda (metafóricamente hablando) de alguien dispuesta para su oportunidad de tomar acción (sea una acción mala o buena) ¿Sí me sigas?

updated ABR 13, 2010
posted by Barrucho
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I found a few ways to say "linger," but you'll have to wait for a native speaker (or someone advanced in Spanish) to give you a better answer. I'm not sure which on fits best in your sentence. Sorry.

Rezagarse = to delay

Dilatarse = to take a long time with something

No darse prisa = to take your time doing something

Despacio = to do something slowly

updated ABR 13, 2010
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posted by --Mariana--