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    Default coloquial expression

    I need to turn this expression into Spanish:
    how in the name of heaven did he survive?
    Thanks!

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    ¡En nombre de Dios! ¿Cómo sobrevivió?
    in the name of heaven is an expression. In spanish there are many, but are quite informal:
    You can also say:
    ¿Cómo cuernos hizo para sobrevivir?
    ¿Cómo rayos hizo para sobrevivir?
    ¿Cómo diablos hizo para sobrevivir?

    But remember! they are informal

    Hope it helps!
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    I agree with Mem286 .

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    I think Mem286 has given almost all possible translations.

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    And you can also say:
    "¿Cómo narices sobrevivió?"

    it´s informal too....quite informal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Droelas
    And you can also say:
    "¿Cómo narices sobrevivió?"

    it´s informal too....quite informal
    First time I hear this expression. Where is it used Droelas?

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    "¿Cómo narices sobrevivió?"
    This is like old Spanish...I have read this expression in old books with Spanish stories.
    this is another of that time... ¿cómo diantres...?

    But I am also curious to know if it's still used and where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SandraT
    This is like old Spanish...I have read this expression in old books with Spanish stories.
    this is another of that time... ¿cómo diantres...?

    But I am also curious to know if it's still used and where.
    Diantre is still used....in Dominican Republic.
    It is an expression sort of like "wow" or "da@#", depending on the situation/conversation.
    Ie.
    "Falle el examen"........"Diantre! Pero tu no estudiastes?"
    "Cancelaron el viaje"....."Ea diantre, y yo que estaba listo!"

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    Thanks Dragona. Had no idea...that's why I love this forum...
    I guess it's formal, right?
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    Hi,

    "Como narices..." is still used in Spain. Although it is an educated way to express astonishment. And yes, probably a little old fashioned Nowadays it is more common to use "palabrotas" like:
    "Como cojones..." (sorry!! )
    But it´s too rude...
    And...How would you say "palabrotas" in English?....

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