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Autor:  PPAULO
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Data:  15/JUL/2011 8:33 PM
Assunto:  That was once upon a time
 
Mensagem: 

    I think depends on context, of course most of times you will see it with a "fairy tale" ring, I mean, these old fair tales of old (and in some novels of today...denoting some old habit or far away time!)    Sometimes, more rare than not, you can see it as:

          a long time ago/long ago - há muito tempo

          there was a time (in wich) - houve um tempo...

          in time/once - em uma época..

 

 

The Larousse English-Portuguese dictionary in the "once upon a time" sub-entry gives the following meanings:

-era uma vez

-(conj) assim, quando.

 

 

 

 

Hence, I would say that the sentence found at http://forum.wordreference.com/

 

"once upon a time, she found that she could eat and walk." could be translated as

Quando ela descobriu que ela podia comer e andar.

Na época em que ela descobriu que ela podia comer e andar.

 

 

Other topics there

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=727194

 

http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=333881

"Back then
At one time
Back in my day
Back in the good old days
Long ago
Once upon a time."

 

    

     I mean, it has a "feeling" of "some time ago"; but with a sense of being "centuries ago".     Like when you experience a blackout for two hours, it´s not much but you

fell it like too much time (since you miss your dearly comfort taken out).    So, nothing comparable to the slowwww time in fairy tales.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
That was once upon a time  –  JulianaFuzati  15/JUL/2011, 12:34 PM
That was once upon a time  –  JulianaFuzati  15/JUL/2011, 12:44 PM
That was once upon a time  –  Dale-USA  15/JUL/2011, 1:18 PM
 That was once upon a time  –  PPAULO  15/JUL/2011, 8:33 PM
That was once upon a time  –  PPAULO  15/JUL/2011, 8:37 PM

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