Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Vain"

The meaning of "Vain" in various phrases and sentences

Q: O que significa all in vain?
A: It means it was all for nothing.

Here is an example

A man dies by running into a burning building to save his girlfriend, but they both end up dying in the fire then people could say ‘he died in vain’

Q: O que significa Why you so vain?
A: "Why are you so vain?" This is a question.
"Why are you so concerned with how other people perceive you and not the character/morals of who you are?"
Q: O que significa all in vain?
A: it means you did it for nothing. for example if you try to surprise a friend with a party for his birthday but he finds out, your efforts to keep it a secret where in vain
Q: O que significa vain ?
A: Engreido
Q: O que significa vain?
A: @carorh8: of no use, no es útil

Example sentences using "Vain"

Q: Mostra-me frases de exemplo com Vain/in vain.

-his efforts were in vain
-in the end it was all in vain
-he looked at me in vain
Q: Mostra-me frases de exemplo com in vain.
A: Typically used in a situation that is beyond hope:

"They tried in vain to save it, but it was too late."
"All of their efforts were in vain."
"They waited in vain for a response that never came."
Q: Mostra-me frases de exemplo com in vain.
A: We protested, but it was in vain

He tried to quit smoking, but it was in vain.

They waited in vain for a reply.
Q: Mostra-me frases de exemplo com in vain.
A: I tried in vain to finish on time. (I tried but I could not/did not finish on time.)
Q: Mostra-me frases de exemplo com vain.
A: @cian__lin:
1. To hold a very high opinion of an aspect of oneself:
You are a vain man.
She was so vain that she felt no need to look in the mirror.
2. To have done something fruitlessly/achieved no results:
Did we do this all in vain?
The child tried in vain to keep up with the lesson.

Synonyms of "Vain" and their differences

Q: Qual é a diferença entre vain e futile ?
A: in vain = futile

“Your efforts against me are futile. Stop this madness.”
“Your efforts against me are in vain. Stop this madness.”

However, “vain” has more meanings than “futile”.

Vain can mean that one person is too prideful in their achievements. Vanity can be used in here.

“Such vanity was expressed when he delivered his winning speech.”

“A vain eulogy for the deceased is horrible, especially if they don’t seem sincere towards those in grief.”

Vain can mean something that doesn’t have any real value

“I have no time for your vain arguments. Leave me!”

While “in vain” can mean the futility of something, it can also be used in the blasphemous (meaning against religion or some traditional rile) context.

“Do not use the Lord’s name in vain, for it is a sin.”
“Do not perform this tradition’s ritual in vain, for you shall be cursed.”

On the other hand, “futile” can mean something that is of little importance.

“The futility of this document is too visible. No one would even think it’s that important.”
Q: Qual é a diferença entre vain e futile e useless ?
A: They are synonyms, vain and futile can be used to describe an action, "he tried to open the door in vain/ he tried a futile attempt at opening the door"
useless can be used to directly modify a noun in a state-of-being sentence, "This car is useless!" or "This useless car can't drive very fast"

It is grammatically incorrect to say "This car is futile/vain!" or "This futile/vain car can't drive very fast."

Also, vain and futile aren't too common, they are mostly used when looking down on someone, "Your attempt is futile!" and sound a bit fantasy-like.
Q: Qual é a diferença entre in vain e to no avail ?
A: They’re synonyms. I don’t see any difference, but maybe in certain contexts the one would sound more natural than the other.
Q: Qual é a diferença entre in vain e for naught l ?
A: In nearly all cases, they can be used interchangably. Just know that "in vain" is somewhat poetic and that "for nought" is more specific to British English. "For nothing" is more specific to American English.
Q: Qual é a diferença entre vain e fruitless e futile ?
A: I could use any of those words in those sentences, but "futile" would be the most natural choice.

"Don't bother doing such futile things"

Here are some example sentences that could use all the words you mentioned interchangeably:

"He searched (in vain)(fruitlessly)(futilely) for her. She had disappeared into the crowd."

"I struggled to reach the surface of the water, but my effort was (in vain)(fruitless)(futile)."

"As he fell, he grabbed (vainly)(fruitlessly)(futilely) at the railing and missed."

Translations of "Vain"

Q: Como é que se diz isto em Inglês (RU)? vain
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Q: Como é que se diz isto em Inglês (EUA)? in vain
in vain
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Other questions about "Vain"

Q: You're so vain.

What does VAIN mean?
A: Superficial.
Q: Por favor, mostra-me como pronunciar vain.
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