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    dative w/ reflexive

    Ей не работается. She doesn't feel like working.
    Ему не читалось. He doesn't feel like reading.

    Is that how you translate that kind of construction?

    Ему было немножко стыдно и самолюбие его было оскорблено, — он не ожидал отказа, — и не верилось, что все его мечты, томления и надежды привели его к такому глупенькому концу, точно в маленькой пьесе на любительском спектакле.

    Would you say, "he didn't want to believe"?
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    Re: dative w/ reflexive

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    Ей не работается. She doesn't feel like working.
    Ему не читалось. He [s:23ftj2x8]doesn't[/s:23ftj2x8] didn't feel like reading.

    Is that how you translate that kind of construction?

    Ему было немножко стыдно и самолюбие его было оскорблено, — он не ожидал отказа, — и не верилось, что все его мечты, томления и надежды привели его к такому глупенькому концу, точно в маленькой пьесе на любительском спектакле.

    Would you say, "he didn't want to believe"?
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    I would rather translate that as "he couldn't believe", "he wasn't able to believe".
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    Re: dative w/ reflexive

    Does it only imply a lack of desire, or can it also imply difficulty/hindrance?
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    Ей не читалось. Она хотела читать, но это было очень трудно, потому что у нее болели глаза.

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    Re: dative w/ reflexive

    It is lack of desire.
    У нее болели глаза и ей не читалось. - is acceptable but it means that her desire was too weak to overcome even minor difficulty.
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    Re: dative w/ reflexive

    Quote Originally Posted by basurero
    Does it only imply a lack of desire, or can it also imply difficulty/hindrance?
    I'd say that in sperk's example it exactly implies difficulty. It was hard to him to believe.
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