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    How would you translate into Spanish the phrase "He wants his cake and eat it too"?

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    En principio seria : el quiere su torta y también comerla. No hay mucho contexto.

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    Diegonel, that would be the exact translation of that phrase. But I would want to know what would that saying would be in Spanish, if there is any such translation or saying. "He wants to have his cake and eat it too" is like saying he wants the best of both worlds, maybe.

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    Oh, ok! I got it.
    I think it is something like "queres los chanchos y la màquina de hacer chorizos"
    Something like "you want the pigs and also the machine to produce sousages"
    In a few words:" you want everthing (maybe to get something you want, you'll have to leave something else)
    At least , it is the way we say it in Argentina, if I caught on the Englihs phrase properly.
    Let's see what other people say.
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    I agree with diogonel, Here, in Argentina we use this phrase and it is the closest one to the phrase you mentioned.

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    Yes that is exactly what I mean. I've never heard of that phrase but that is perfect diegonel!! Thank you

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    I have also learn some Spanish and I have arranged your phrase as " Él quiere que su pastel y comérselo también " .
    I think I am right, but if is any correction needed then please reply back to me.
    Last edited by stuartricky; 06-07-2013 at 01:55 AM. Reason: Spelling mistakes

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    In Argentina I have also heard to say "quiere el pan y la torta" when we want to highlight that a person wants to get everything. I do not know if this phrase is also used in other countries.

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    Grammatically it is correct, but in my country it does not sound familiar. However it bears the same meaning!

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    I have heard the expression "quiere el pan y la torta" used in the same manner as "you can´t have your cake and eat it too" as well. I think that is the most similar saying in Spanish that you are looking for.

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