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    Сейчас дождь пойдет!

    Is there an exact English phrase for "Сейчас дождь пойдет" as said to somebody when he/she finally does a thing that he/she has been postponing for very long time? However, it doesn't always relate to procrastination. The reason could be the failure or inability to solve a problem until a certain moment. If there is no exact equivalent, what is the next best approximation?

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    Представляешь, он наконец-то прибрался в своей комнате. Точно дождь пойдет!
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    Maybe "It's about time" would be appropriate?

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    "It's about time" sounds fine but is not that metaphorical as the one about the rain. I was told another version today. It is good for conditional sentences with "if" or "when"....

    If he cleans his room than elephants will fly
    Если он приберется в комнате, то точно дождь пойдет!
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    Что-то наш вечный пессимист вдруг развеселился. К дождю что-ли? По-украински это будет: Щото в лісі здохло.
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    I can't think of the expression you are looking for so here is another that may be useful for someone.

    It'll be a cold day in Hell when I speak perfect Russian.
    Let me be a free man, free to travel, free to stop, free to work, free to trade where I choose, free to choose my own teachers, free to follow the religion of my fathers, free to talk, think and act for myself. - Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lampada
    Что-то наш вечный пессимист вдруг развеселился. К дождю что-ли? По-украински это будет: Щось у лісі здохло.
    Про дождь не приходилось слышать. А вот "(Наверное) что-то в лесу сдохло" сплошь и рядом.
    Это что, специфически украинское? В России нигде так не говорят?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
    "It's about time" sounds fine but is not that metaphorical as the one about the rain. I was told another version today. It is good for conditional sentences with "if" or "when"....

    If he cleans his room then pigs will fly
    Если он приберется в комнате, то точно дождь пойдет!
    We usually say pigs will fly
    But you asked specifically in the case he actually did clean the room, then you could play off that metaphor

    He is cleaning his room, pigs are now flying high and in formation!

    But I of course just made that up... but everyone would understand!
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
    I am a notourriouse misspeller. Be easy on me.
    Пожалуйста! Исправляйте мои глупые ошибки (но оставьте умные)!
    Yo hablo español mejor que tú.
    Trusnse kal'rt eturule sikay!!! ))

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalinka_vinnie
    He is cleaning his room, pigs are now flying high and in formation!
    Good one!

    If you play out the Russian metaphor like this then you switch from raining to raining cats and dogs to snowing.
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    There's also the phrase "to be a monkey's uncle".

    If he cleans his room, then I'll be a monkey's uncle.

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    A kiwi phrase I assume! First time it crosses my eyes!
    Hei, rett norsken min og du er død.
    I am a notourriouse misspeller. Be easy on me.
    Пожалуйста! Исправляйте мои глупые ошибки (но оставьте умные)!
    Yo hablo español mejor que tú.
    Trusnse kal'rt eturule sikay!!! ))

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    Another one: got off the dime
    get off the dime
    Take action, especially following a time of indecision or delay. For example, It's time this administration got off the dime and came up with a viable budget. This expression originated in the 1920s in dance-halls as an imperative for dancers to get moving. By 1926 it had been extended to other activities.
    http://www.answers.com/topic/get-off-the-dime
    "What they had a habit of doing was having ideas of their own, putting them in the mix and listening to the range of opinion and then making a decision and moving forward. Sometimes when you make a decision and move forward, it's wrong," he said, but "they got off the dime and did something. I don't see that happening today."
    http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/speci ... ads/3.html
    Wow, I finally got off the dime on the beginning of that chapter -- and wrote 3200 words yesterday and today (mostly today).
    http://www.toobeautiful.org/notes.pdf (page 34)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDT
    I can't think of the expression you are looking for so here is another that may be useful for someone.

    It'll be a cold day in Hell when I speak perfect Russian.
    When Hell freezes over
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    Simply: "At long last" (you did it). Perhaps "better late than never" fits. Phrases like "when hell freezes over", "Pigs might fly" are used when something will never happen. Another is "He will never do x while he's got a hole in his arse".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave T
    Simply: "At long last" (you did it). Perhaps "better late than never" fits. Phrases like "when hell freezes over", "Pigs might fly" are used when something will never happen. Another is "He will never do x while he's got a hole in his arse".
    This must be a strictly British expression
    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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    I don't get the Russian saying... What is so unexpected about rain?

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    Re: Сейчас дождь пойдет!

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
    Is there an exact English phrase for "Сейчас дождь пойдет" as said to somebody when he/she finally does a thing that he/she has been postponing for very long time? However, it doesn't always relate to procrastination. The reason could be the failure or inability to solve a problem until a certain moment. If there is no exact equivalent, what is the next best approximation?

    Example:

    Представляешь, он наконец-то прибрался в своей комнате. Точно дождь пойдет!
    "Сейчас дождь пойдет" = Well, I'll be darned. (An element of surprise/disbelief).
    Well, I'll be darned... he is finally cleaning his room!

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    Well I'll be darned: Somebody actually saw that movie? Posted by: doodlius Posted on: 05/18/04 You are currently a: Guest | Login? | Terms of Use ...
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    Well, I'll be darned... …I just learned today that Neil Diamond's song Cracklin' Rosie is really him singing about a bottle of wine. ...
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    Well, I don't know what to say. I want to say thanks to the Academy, to Mama, to Papa and to my dog. I love you all.

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