spanish idiom

What Echar Agua Al Mar Means in Spanish

Have you ever heard someone saying “Echar agua al mar” in Spanish?

Well, this is a common idiomatic expression which literally means “Throw water into the sea” and is used in Spain to say that something is pointless, useless, ineffective.

Here you have some examples to use it correctly:

Spanish English
Tratar de convencerla es como echar agua al mar  Trying to convince her is pointless
Comenzar a estudiar ahora es como echar agua al mar Starting studying now is totally useless
 Hacer el bien a villanos es como echar agua al mar  Doing good to villains is like pouring water into the sea


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