悪を1人にすると何をしでかすか分からない

English translation: I don't know what mischief he/you may commit if left alone.

08:19 Jul 17, 2018
Japanese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Cinema, Film, TV, Drama
Japanese term or phrase: 悪を1人にすると何をしでかすか分からない
Dear ProZ members,

could you please give me your opinion about the meaning of the following sentence?

In a cartoon, a girl is trying to find her cat that hid himself in a dark room. She calls his name and says:

悪を1人にすると何をしでかすか分からないよ
(If you leave evil alone, you don't know what he could do!)

Is my translation correct? And if so, what does it mean? I'm not getting it, quite frankly.

Thank you!
Riccardo91
Italy
English translation:I don't know what mischief he/you may commit if left alone.
Explanation:
I've changed your translation to fit the context. I guess 悪 refers to the cat; the girl thinks it is mischievous. I assume it is a monologue but she may be talking to the cat. I'm not sure.
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Port City
New Zealand
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3I don't know what mischief he/you may commit if left alone.
Port City


  

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I don't know what mischief he/you may commit if left alone.


Explanation:
I've changed your translation to fit the context. I guess 悪 refers to the cat; the girl thinks it is mischievous. I assume it is a monologue but she may be talking to the cat. I'm not sure.

Port City
New Zealand
Native speaker of: Native in JapaneseJapanese
PRO pts in category: 3
Grading comment
Thank you!
Notes to answerer
Asker: She's actually talking to the cat. I suppose you're right about the meaning, although it still sounds strange to me. Thank you!

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