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A difficult translated sentence in Aristotle's Nicomachean ethics [on hold]

1 I am translating Aristotle' Nicomachean ethics into Vietnamese from the English translation done by J. A. Smith (Project Gutenberg). In Book VII of the work I came across a sentence which has ...
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How to express “Cela comptera moins”? (What are the most important objectives and those that'll count less)

In the French sentence: Quels sont les objectifs les plus importants et ceux qui compteront moins ? That I can approximately translate into: What are the most important objectives and those ...
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The meaning of “The use of English is by no means endemic to English-speaking countries.”

To me it has two entirely different meanings and I am not sure which is correct. 1st possible meaning: The use of English is prevalent in not just English-Speaking countries but also in non-English-...
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Why has Marx's “Das Kapital” been translated to “Capital” in English and not “The Capital”

Why has Marx's "Das Kapital" been translated to "Capital" and not to "The Capital"? Actually, the article "Das" in German points out that it is not any capital, but the capital as the process of the ...
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Can the preposition “toward” follow the verb “ask”?

I searched for the phrase "ask toward" but found nothing. The thing is it is a translated term, and I want to know if it is used or at least accepted in English. And ask stars and winds, also ask ...
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What should I understand “available electronically” in this context?

In the sentence: I needed a language that would run on the machines in our Linux lab as well as on the Windows and Macintosh platforms most students have at home. I wanted it to be free and ...
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Looking for an English equivalent to the following Spanish term [duplicate]

The term "paga fantas" is a person who does whatever it takes to gain a girl's approval, in hope that upon paying for a girl's drinks, doing her favors, carrying her bag/purse/handbag, listening to ...
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What is “friggen”?

There is a line Though it may take all friggen day in a song "My World" by Avril Lavigne, and I can't find any translation/meaning for the word "friggen". Do you know anything about this word?
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Can “people with confusion” refer to people that are confused?

I need to refer to a specific group of people that are feeling confused like me. According to my research, "with confusion" is used when dealing with confusion as an illness but not a feeling or ...
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Chinese names in English

In Chinese, the family name comes before the given name. By English convention, it's the other way around. In English text, however, I often see Chinese names with the family name before the given ...
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meaning explanation of blanket justification

I want to know what is this. I hope it is correct, but I'm ask you to be sure so please help me . The complete sentence is : network invariably fall back on the blanket justification of giving ...
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“Forego” and “Forgive” difference

I have wanted to use the common verb forgive until I came across a reliable translation where they have translated the same word to forgo. When I have looked up the text and situation, it appeared ...
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Understanding “ear-first” and “crowded room”

what does "enter crowded rooms" and "ear-first" mean in this sentence from the passage: The paper’s eyes were big and round, whereas mine disappear altogether if I smile, and my nose is more ...
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Is there a difference between PhD student, doctoral student, doctorand and how to say “CIFRE”?

I was wondering if there was any difference between those three formulations: PhD student doctoral student doctorand Plus, in France we have 2 types of doctorates: Doctorat (Doctorate) CIFRE (??) ...
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How to say “While I smoking … ”

I want to make a funny video where two people are high and dance. And I want to write some strong phrase. Direct Russian translate is "When smoked weed", But I understand it is not correct. So how to ...
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Meaning of “clung to my losses”?

Odean said, “I traded too actively, traded too speculatively and clung to my losses…. I violated all the advice I now give" I don't understand "clung to my losses" in this sentence.
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What does Trap Queen means?

I'm new in learning English, so I want to know more about idioms and some words that I can't understand. What is the meaning of trap queen? And how and when the situation we can say that. If you ...
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What does the meaning of words “jigsaw” and “decay” in this paragraph?

Please tell me meaning of the words "jigsaw" and "decay" in this paragraph.The combination "the crazy, jigsaw geometry of decay" seems strange and vague to me. Whenever I visit Khartoum I find I am ...
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What does “one” refer to in “one pushing the other”? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars?

In the sentence below, what does "one" refer to in "one pushing the other"? Does it refer to the girls or to the cars? On the way into town one day I noticed a couple of young girls working their ...
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The meaning of “stuff” in this paragraph

I have problem in understanding the meaning of word "stuff", the first one and the second one: Jean says that she’s “getting tougher” and learning to detach herself from each teacher’s individual ...
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What's the meaning of “throw a pallet at her”?

Please tell me the meaning of "throw a pallet at her" in this context: Teachers might be using the Unit Organizer and the course map and starting to see kids that normally don’t respond, responding....
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Which part of this Shakespearean sentence translates to: “Thank you”?

This is a quote from The Tempest by Stephano: Be you quiet, monster.—Mistress line, is not this my jerkin? Now is the jerkin under the line. And it is translated (according to this source) into: ...
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How can “take it as you list” mean anything like “go to hell”?

This is a quote from "the Tempest" by Stephano: If thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness. If thou beest a devil, take ’t as thou list. And it was translated to: If you’re a man who's ...
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What is the meaning of “lay it on” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Tempest" which was: Lead, monster; we’ll follow. I would I could see this taborer. He lays it on. And it is translated to: Lead on, monster. We’ll follow. I wish I ...
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Which word would be a good replacement for “office” in this text?

This is a literal transcription of a text in Portuguese: The judge understood that the sergeant could not be found guilty of things that he was obliged to do in the exercise of his office. Is the ...
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Informally asking a rider/driver to accelerate

Are any of these constructions legitimate when talking to a person driving a car or riding a motorcycle? If no, which ones can be used? "Add (some) gas!" "Push the gas!" (This one for the car, ...
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A better way to say “masters of translation”

What is the best and native way to use words master and translators to denote a "group of highly skilled translators"? I am stuck with initial "M" letter, as it is used in the brand name and logo, so ...
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How to find proper phrasal verbs or idioms for the sentence you're translating?

Let's assume you're translating a sentence. You can translate everything in English but sometimes there are idioms and phrasal verbs that you can use to make your sentnce more clear and compact. e.g., ...
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Friends reunited?

I used to see my Phd Supervisor regularly every fortnight. I have not seen him for a while after my graduation. I would like now to drop him a line to say I would like to... (suggest an expression): ...
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Meaning of 'excess' in this sentence [closed]

Can you help me to understand meaning of 'excess'' in sentence below: The project may, in fact, be hopeless when it comes to the absolute birth and death of being as meaning – here we can only ...
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What do we call the relief person in a shift work (the next shift worker who comes to continue the work)?

I'm translating a sentence from Russian that says that a chromatography room operator failed to inform the next shift worker that he needs to test a further three filters: Cause of deviation: the ...
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Is there a noun or a noun phrase describing the “let stand” part in “Prepare the solution, let stand for 10 min”?

I'm translating a table of deviations in a biotech manufacturing process. One of the sentences concerns an occurrence in which a solution was found not to conform to prescribed limits. Protein ...
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If a worker did not follow instructions, what do we call the document he is asked to compose to explain his actions?

If a worker did not follow instructions at work, and this has affected the performance of the company, he/she is often asked to write a kind of an explanatory letter to the management. What do we call ...
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Proper terminology for the edition and version/printing of a book

On the inside of the cover of a typical book you'll find the small print about the book. Stuff like copyright notices, place of print, authors, editors and alike. Also, you'll find information about ...
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One can only be so unsensible, you know. -> explain please?

One can only be so unsensible, you know. That line came from an Anime, so it's Japanese to English translation. The original Japanese line is something like "A lack of common sense is allowed only to ...
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Equivalents of Russian perfective/imperfective verbs

Which one of the sentences means "Ne ustanovili pravila", but don't "Ne ustanavlivali pravila"? They didn't set rules. or They didn't have to set rules. What is the difference? Which one makes ...
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who it is and what it is

I wonder what this is: who it is and what it is. Does it mean whoever it is and whatever it is? And I don't understand how this is translated : “With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what ...
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Can exams in university be called “session”? (Similarly to Russian “сессия”)

In Russian, the period of time when students need to pass the exams after a semester are called "sessiya"(сессия), "session". Can the same word "session" be used in English or is it just wrong?
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What is a good, common alternative for the “He is the engine of the group” expression?

In French, to say that someone is the key element of the dynamic of a group, we can use the expression "she/he is the engine of the group" (Elle/Il est le moteur du groupe). This clearly shows that ...
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How to advise someone about the danger of a television failling from his arms

Does the sentence "You drop the television!" express the purpose of advising someone about the danger (of the television falling from his arms) or the fact of not being able to believe that someone ...
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Can you paraphrase “hold all of humankind”?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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Do I have to translate “closest companion” to “wife” in this passage?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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What does “hold” mean in this passage?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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Does the word “would” means “was” here?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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Is “orderly existence” in this passage just a common expression?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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What the word “moving” has to do with in this paragraph regarding Hesse?

Writing to the woman who would become his third wife, Hermann Hesse complained: “Life for me now holds almost no pleasures any more, in fact I am living in Hell.” The event that had reduced Hesse to ...
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Meaning of the Japanese “Kanteishi” in English

This is linked to my other question there: https://japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/62852/meaning-of-鑑定士-in-english-or-french I'm trying to translate the word Japanese word "Kanteishi" in English....
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How do I say that an investment program is set to last until 2025?

I have a sentence in Russian: Компания в рамках инвестиционной программы до 2025 года продолжает дальнейшее наращивание мощностей и объемов производства. My translation: The company is ...
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Translation from Spanish “Cuenta” with “it has” or “It counts”

This is a translation question From the Spanish: Cuenta con 14 campos de cultivo en los estados de Michoacán, Baja California Norte y Jalisco. Which one would be a better translation? It ...
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What do I call a curve of drug concentration vs. time if the concentration axis is on a log scale?

I have a number of curves of drug concentration vs. time. The time scale, on the horizontal (x) axis, is normal, while the concentration scale is logarithmic (the equidistant notches say 1000 ng/mL, ...