English translation: we were not able to figure out how they could avoid ...
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11:11 Mar 25, 2001
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Italian term or phrase:Certo che...
Situation: two undercover policemen have just been arrested by two other policemen by mistake.
-certo che ci siamo domandati tante volte come fanno ad evitare qualsiasi tipo di segnalazione... questa e la risposta... Con un distintivo e una paletta possono fare come gli pare.
Explanation: Of course we have wondered very many times how they manage to avoid such detection...and the response is...with a badge and a policeman's stick, they can do whatever they like. (In other words, the policemen erroneously "nabbed" seem to have believed that as long as they had a policeman's "tricks of the trade" on their persons, so to speak, they could go about their "business" unnoticed...or so they thought...!);-) Buon lavoro! Gary
Gary Presto Local time: 11:12 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in pair: 51
Explanation: How colloquial is your text?
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Sure, we wonder all the time about how they manage to avoid being picked up ... there's your answer ... police ID and flicker so they can get away with anything.