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madre viuda

English translation: I live with my mother, who is a widow

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02:57 Aug 4, 2000
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: madre viuda
as in I live with madre viuda
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English translation:I live with my mother, who is a widow
Explanation:
Obviously, this is not a strictly literal translation, and the word "my" is an interpolation. However, if the context supports the implied relationship between the speaker and the mother, this would be the most fluent way to express the thought in English. -- In any event, the woman in question is a widow (the Spanish phrase "mother widow" is an elliptical way of saying "mother who is a widow") and also a mother, and one has to wonder why the speaker mentions the latter fact, unless s/he is the child or one of the children in question. -- In colloquial English, if children and motherhood are not part of the topic, the term "widow woman" is often used, as in "...they did some work for the widow woman who lives nearby..." Hope this helps!
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Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 00:07
Grading comment
Thank's for expplaining this unusual sentence in my sponser childs letter. Have a great day!
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Summary of answers provided
nadowageranac
nasee belowAlvin Adams, Jr
naI live with my mother, who is a widowHeathcliff
naI live with a widow mother.
Luis Luis
nawidowed motherAlvin Adams, Jr
nawidower motherHortensia Lozano Dávila
nawidowed motherCarolina Ramirez
namother widower
Baruch Avidar


  

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16 mins
mother widower


Explanation:
Goodluck!

Baruch Avidar
Israel
Local time: 10:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 92

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Alvin Adams, Jr

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19 mins
widower mother


Explanation:
It is a very simple question, because there isn't more context.




Hortensia


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Hortensia Lozano Dávila
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
PRO pts in pair: 4

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Alvin Adams, Jr

Heathcliff

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1 hr
widowed mother


Explanation:
I live with a widowed mother.

Good Luck

Carolina Ramirez
Canada
Local time: 03:07
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 42

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Dyran Altenburg

Alvin Adams, Jr

Heathcliff

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3 hrs
widowed mother


Explanation:
Cramirez is correct. "Widower" is a masculine noun.

Alvin Adams, Jr
Local time: 02:07
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 222

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3 hrs
I live with a widow mother.


Explanation:
I think it should be "widow" because in this case it is a noun, not a verb.

If you were talking about when she became a widow, then we would say she is a widowed mother since X years ago.

Hoping to help. Good luck.


Luis M. Luis

Luis Luis
United States
Local time: 02:07
Native speaker of: Native in PortuguesePortuguese
PRO pts in pair: 171

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Alvin Adams, Jr

Heathcliff

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5 hrs
dowager


Explanation:
I believe that the term that you are looking for in this case is, dowager mother, I live with my dowager mother
good luck!

anac
United States
Local time: 03:07
PRO pts in pair: 16

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Alvin Adams, Jr

Heathcliff

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7 hrs
see below


Explanation:
I still agree with Cramirez. "Viuda" in this phrase is an adjective, so "widowed" would be the correct translation. "Dowager" means a widow of the nobility who still retains her husband's title. It is only used in American English in the pejorative sense, so in the U.S. it is an insult and implies that the woman in question has pretensions to the nobility, i.e., a snob. I hope this makes it clearer.

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    Reference: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/define.asp?key=dowager*1%2B0
Alvin Adams, Jr
Local time: 02:07
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 222

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Heathcliff
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8 hrs
I live with my mother, who is a widow


Explanation:
Obviously, this is not a strictly literal translation, and the word "my" is an interpolation. However, if the context supports the implied relationship between the speaker and the mother, this would be the most fluent way to express the thought in English. -- In any event, the woman in question is a widow (the Spanish phrase "mother widow" is an elliptical way of saying "mother who is a widow") and also a mother, and one has to wonder why the speaker mentions the latter fact, unless s/he is the child or one of the children in question. -- In colloquial English, if children and motherhood are not part of the topic, the term "widow woman" is often used, as in "...they did some work for the widow woman who lives nearby..." Hope this helps!

Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 00:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 843
Grading comment
Thank's for expplaining this unusual sentence in my sponser childs letter. Have a great day!

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