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    стоило им подойти

    Но стоило им подойти к лестнице, ведущей на третий этаж...

    How would you translate into English the word "стоило";
    the standard definitions of "cost, worth, deserve" just do not seem to fit in this expression.
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    Re: стоило им подойти

    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Но стоило им подойти к лестнице, ведущей на третий этаж...

    How would you translate into English the word "стоило";
    the standard definitions of "cost, worth, deserve" just do not seem to fit in this expression.
    I don't know. May be "as soon as" or "in the moment as"...

    "But as soon as they approached the staircase..."
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    Re: стоило им подойти

    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Но стоило им подойти к лестнице, ведущей на третий этаж...

    How would you translate into English the word "стоило";
    the standard definitions of "cost, worth, deserve" just do not seem to fit in this expression.
    Just as soon as they had approached a stairway leading to the third floor...

    In the very moment...

    Literally the word стоило translates here as:
    It cost them (efforts) only to approach the stairway in order to (what happenned next)...

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    you can say, it was worth. its not the financial sense of course. eg, не стоит пойти = its not worth going
    Но стоило им подойти к лестнице, ведущей на третий этаж
    but it was worth them approaching the stairs leading to the 3rd floor...
    (i would then expect something interesting to happen
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    This may be right

    With the help of the replies I would now say the closest definition of "стоило" in this context is "worth"; but I would translate not use "worth" but instead translate the phrase into English as: But having succeeded in reaching the stairs leading to the third floor....

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    any time they used to reach stairways...

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    Re: This may be right

    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    With the help of the replies I would now say the closest definition of "стоило" in this context is "worth"; but I would translate not use "worth" but instead translate the phrase into English as: But having succeeded in reaching the stairs leading to the third floor....
    Very unlikely.

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    What's the problem? "Стоило им...." is synonymous in Russian with "как только они...", but this phrase means "as soon as they..."

    "стоило им подойти к лестнице" = "как только они подошли к лестнице"
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    Re: стоило им подойти

    Quote Originally Posted by Siriusly
    Но стоило им подойти к лестнице, ведущей на третий этаж...

    How would you translate into English the word "стоило";
    the standard definitions of "cost, worth, deserve" just do not seem to fit in this expression.
    See topic:
    http://www.masterrussian.net/mforum/vie ... 274#126274

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    Here's another example of the same construction from the same author:

    "Однако стоило им сделать несколько шагов, как комнату внезапно залил яркий свет."

    This is easy translated into English as: "However they only made a few steps, before the room suddenly was filled with bright light."

    An acceptable variation would be; "they only managed to make a few steps...

    In English, "make it to" is a common expression when speaking about motion/traveling. Here's a common example: "Pheww! I just made it to the bathroom in time!"
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    Модератор, будьте добры, уберите этого <самоцензоред> танцора. Уж больно он гадит тут сильно везде. Мне кажется, он уже всех достал, не только меня. Причём, агрессия его абсолютно немотивированна и нездорова.
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    Quote Originally Posted by charlestonian
    Кто скажет - это правда, что есть такая пословица - Хорошего человека guinОМ не назовут?
    Тянет на хамство? Или там где ты вырос это считается удачной шуткой?

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