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English translation: "it couldn't even do without a select colony of..."

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06:49 Nov 1, 2000
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
Spanish term or phrase: Por tener (conjunction)
Hong Kong contaba con X, Y, Z. POR TENER, Hong Kong tenía incluso una selecta colonia de estranjeros dedicada a la exportación.

I don't know how to translate the conjunction POR TENER. This is all the context I've got.
siulach
English translation:"it couldn't even do without a select colony of..."
Explanation:
It's one way to say it. Another: "on top of (having) that, HK even had..." Basically, it means "as if that wasn't enough", "talking about having/possessing stuff".
Good luck, :)
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xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 11:26
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Thanks Paul, also Serena (it's good to have it pointed out that the original is 'lamentable', gives one a bit of leeway)
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Summary of answers provided
naTalk about having,
Jose Marabotto
na"it couldn't even do without a select colony of..."xxxPaul Roige
nato come?
Elinor Thomas


  

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7 mins
to come?


Explanation:
Hong Kong counted on XYZ to come?

Habría que ver qué es XYZ (personas, objetos, bienes) para traducirlo correctamente.

De todas maneras la redacción en castellano de por sí es lamentable.

Suerte! :)


Elinor Thomas
Local time: 07:26
Native speaker of: Spanish
PRO pts in pair: 247
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15 mins
"it couldn't even do without a select colony of..."


Explanation:
It's one way to say it. Another: "on top of (having) that, HK even had..." Basically, it means "as if that wasn't enough", "talking about having/possessing stuff".
Good luck, :)

xxxPaul Roige
Spain
Local time: 11:26
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in CatalanCatalan
PRO pts in pair: 442
Grading comment
Thanks Paul, also Serena (it's good to have it pointed out that the original is 'lamentable', gives one a bit of leeway)
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1 hr
Talk about having,


Explanation:
HK had x, y, z. Talk about having, HK even had a select...

That POR TENER says that if you want to talk about having resources, HK had even this and that.

Jose Marabotto
United States
Local time: 05:26
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 23
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