I'm not sure if it's common to say "Generous to a fault". Would "Generoso a una falla" be the right translation? It sounds off to me. I'm looking for Hispanic use.


"He was generous to a fault" : A man so generous it worked against him.

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    What seems to be the most common expression in a google search is the simple phrase "demasiado generoso," although @Ustanak's "pecar de generoso" is charming and idiomatic. – aparente001 Aug 14 '18 at 20:26

The first thing tht comes to my mind would be

Demasiado generoso para su propio bien.

You could try to go with "demasiado generoso" alone, but I don't think that by itself ot has the connotations of "too much for their own good" (which would be "para su propio bien" in Spanish).

Similar with other possibilities like

Se pasó de generoso

Generoso en exceso / excesivamente generoso

It could just mean that he was too or very generous (going above and beyond) but not necessarily "too much for their own good".


generoso hasta lo nocivo / perjudicial / contraproducente

could not work that well, although they could be used. There is something tricky about "generoso" (or kind, helpful, etc.), since when you claim that it was "to a fault" you can't really tell if it was counterproductive to the person who was being helped or to the person giving help. You could go with most of these, but my preference is to go with the "demasiado X para su propio bien" expression.

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  • Hasta lo nocivo es mi opcion favorita – Mike Aug 9 '18 at 14:07

Generoso a una falla is not idiomatic; however, I suggest interpreting this as pecar de generoso to imply to much generosity caused a problem.

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  • An excellent idiomatic choice! – user0721090601 Aug 14 '18 at 18:12
  • @guifa Interestingly, saying pecar de + adjective can be extended to a myriad of choices. – Alejandro Aug 14 '18 at 20:25
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    that's what helps it work so well, in English we can use many different adjectives with the construction "to a fault" – user0721090601 Aug 14 '18 at 20:26

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