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I'm trying to say "the story starts suddenly as if to represent an intentional eclipse..."

Would it be:

"El cuento empieza de repente como si fuera para representar" or "El cuento empieza de repente como si fuera representar"

I thought it was the last one, but Google translate told me it was the first option.

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I think the correct answer would be

... empieza de repente como si fuera para representar

You can't actually say "como si fuera representar", the way to say it is:

... empieza de repente como si fuera a representar un eclipse.

This second one would mean something closer to the first one (like if it was to represent and eclipse). I think you could go with both prepositions, para and a and there would be no practical difference.

You could also use:

... empieza de repente como si representara

The subjuntivo is a verb tense that can show purpose, wish, uncertainty or doubt, among other things, so I think works well for this transaltion.

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  • It's worth mentioning that they are two different verbs, ser and ir. The forms in indicative would be "es para representar" and "va a representar". – angus Dec 8 '14 at 11:02
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The correct way to say it would be

El cuento empieza de repente como representando ...

I realize that it will not translate through an online translator correctly, but online translators aren't the least bit reliable. At the least, they can provide you with a start research more, like with DRAE.

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