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17:25 May 9, 2001
English to Arabic translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: try harder
To work more on something
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5ابذل جهدا اكبر , حاول بجد اكبر ,jenan
naحاول أَشَدَّ؛ حاول بِجَهدٍ أَشَدّ؛ حاول بِجَهدٍ أعظم؛ حاول بمزيدٍ من الـجَهد؛ مزيداً من الـجَهدFuad Yahya
naI'emal bi'jehdin Ba'legh
Boushra Ezzideen
nazid min juhdika زد من جهدك
Alaa Zeineldine


  

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1 hr
zid min juhdika زد من جهدك


Explanation:
Naturally there are many alternatives to express this meaning. The translation above literaly means "increase your effort".

Another alternative can be "ubzhul juhdan akbar أبذل جهذا أكبر" which means "excert a greater effort", or "faltabzhul juhdan akbar فلتبذل جهدا أكبر", which has the same meaning but is slightly more suggestive than directive.

Hope this helps,

Alaa Zeineldine


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Alaa Zeineldine
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8 hrs
I'emal bi'jehdin Ba'legh


Explanation:
"harder" can be translated in this context as: Kd, Jehd, Ijtihad. The word ba'legh comes here to stress that MORE effort is used to do the work.

Boushra Ezzideen
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5 days
حاول أَشَدَّ؛ حاول بِجَهدٍ أَشَدّ؛ حاول بِجَهدٍ أعظم؛ حاول بمزيدٍ من الـجَهد؛ مزيداً من الـجَهد


Explanation:
For those who do not have Arabic text display, here are my suggested translations in a Romanized form:

1. HAWIL ASHADD
2. HAWIL BIJAHDIN ASHADD
3. HAWIL BIJAHDIN A’ZAM
4. HAWIL BIMAZEEDIN MIN AL-JAHD.
5. MAZEEDAN MIN AL-JAHD

The first of these five alternatives will raise some eyebrows, although it fits a standard Arabic structure. ASHADD can be used as a comparative adjective as well as a comparative adverb. The sentence HAWIL ASHADD is parallel in structure to such sentences as:

سِـرْ أَسـرَعَ؛ افتح الباب أوسع؛ اقرأْ أبطأ؛ اغطس أعمق؛ الخ.

It is interesting that such a simple, straightforward sentence structure that is authentically Arabic (and in this case translates the source sentence with a rare degree of accuracy) seems to be widely eschewed nowadays in favor of more complicated sentence structures.

Just in case the HAWIL ASHADD fails to sell, I am suggesting three alternatives (suggested translations 2 through 4 above) that are more in keeping with today’s fashionable writing styles. These alternatives use the word JAHD (also pronounced JUHD, meaning “effort”) as a structural crutch. Back-translated, these three alternatives read:

Try with a more strenuous effort.
Try with a greater effort
Try with more effort (or with increased effort).

All of these four suggestions preserve the word “try,” rather than let it dissipate into an implied idea. If you are more inclined to drop the word “try” altogether, then I would suggest one more alternative (translation suggestion 5 above). Although this sentence drops the word “try,” it does not introduce a substitute verb, like “exert,” or “work” in its stead. Back-translated, it simply reads, “more effort!”

Fuad


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Fuad Yahya
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859 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
ابذل جهدا اكبر , حاول بجد اكبر ,


Explanation:
you can pronounce it in Arabic as follows: obthol johdan akbar.

the second is pronounced as folloes: hawel bejad akbar.

the first phrase is better to instruct someone to work more.


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