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Autor:  Dale/CR
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  26/MAR/2009 4:42 PM
Assunto:  He can't drive because he's drunk
 
Mensagem:  Is it appropriate to say in English he doesn't have any conditions to drive because he's drunk? The book I use to teach says it's an interference from Portuguese into English, is that so? 

I agree with your book.  Try "He's not in any condition to drive because he's drunk."  Or "He is in no condition to drive because he is drunk."  In informal American English you could use "shape" instead of "condition".  Condition/shape often refers to physical, mental, or emotional states.  "With his broken leg, he is in no shape to walk to the store now."  "She is very upset and in no condition to talk to the press right now."

I heard something like "Nao temos condicoes para comprar uma casa agora."  We would not use "conditions" or "condition" (or "shape") but rather say something like "We cannot buy a house right now" or "We cannot afford to buy a house at the moment."  In other words, the entire sentence structure would be different.          


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
He can't drive because he's drunk  –  José Roberto  26/MAR/2009, 4:26 PM
 He can't drive because he's drunk  –  Dale/CR  26/MAR/2009, 4:42 PM
He can't drive because he's drunk  –  José Roberto  27/MAR/2009, 7:25 PM
He can't drive because he's drunk  –  Dale/CR  27/MAR/2009, 10:52 PM

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