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leave a place in better shape than you found it

English translation: try to leave the place/location in better condition than it was when you got there

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English term or phrase:leave a place in better shape than you found it
English translation:try to leave the place/location in better condition than it was when you got there
Entered by: Julia Zou
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03:20 Aug 25, 2008
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: leave a place in better shape than you found it
When we were camping, my dad told me that you should always try to leave a place in better shape than you found it. I guess…you could say that about the whole world.

Thank you in advance!
Julia Zou
China
Local time: 21:36
try to leave the place/location in better condition than it was when you got there
Explanation:
:)

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Note added at 9 mins (2008-08-25 03:30:34 GMT)
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always try to improve what you find :)
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David Hollywood
Local time: 10:36
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4 +13try to leave the place/location in better condition than it was when you got there
David Hollywood


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8 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +13
try to leave the place/location in better condition than it was when you got there


Explanation:
:)

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Note added at 9 mins (2008-08-25 03:30:34 GMT)
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always try to improve what you find :)

David Hollywood
Local time: 10:36
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 110
Grading comment
Thank you very much for your help!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Michelle Welchons
0 min
  -> thanks Michelle :)

agree  Demi Ebrite
6 mins
  -> thanks debrite :)

agree  Jean-Louis S.
13 mins
  -> thanks jlsjr :)

agree  orientalhorizon
23 mins
  -> thanks orientalhorizon :)

agree  Mark Berelekhis
1 hr
  -> thanks Mark :)

agree  Sabine Akabayov, PhD
1 hr
  -> thanks sibsab :)

agree  JaneTranslates: My dad always said that too! In the "camping" context, that often meant picking up litter, piling stones around the campfire site, maybe leaving some firewood or tinder.
1 hr
  -> thanks Jane and your dad was spot on IMO :)

agree  Patricia Townshend
2 hrs
  -> thanks Patricia :)

agree  Phong Le
2 hrs
  -> thanks phongicehcmc :)

agree  Egil Presttun: Most important is to tidy up after you (take your own garbage with you if it's a camping place). That's what lies between the lines in this expression.
2 hrs
  -> thanks Egil :)

agree  Tania Samuelsson
3 hrs
  -> thabks Tania :)

agree  Jack Doughty: Old joke about a tenant leaving a rented apartment who goes to a pet shop and asks for 12 rats, 23 mice, 7 cockroaches and 20 black beetles. He had been told he must leave the place as he found it.
3 hrs
  -> he he nice one and thanks Jack :)

agree  Paula Vaz-Carreiro: (Good one Jack)
4 hrs
  -> thanks Paula :)
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