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English translation: the corpse/body is dressed in

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English term or phrase:the corpse/body is wearing
English translation:the corpse/body is dressed in
Entered by: María Teresa Taylor Oliver
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16:13 Jan 18, 2008
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Law/Patents - Law (general) / Forensic report
English term or phrase: (can a corpse "wear" clothes?)
I'm translating a forensic report from Spanish into English, and in the section that describes the body, his clothes and effects, it says "(the body) VISTE camisa de algodón (etc.)"

So this would mean, literally, "the body IS WEARING a cotton shirt (etc.)".

But that sounds weird to me. I would think that the act of wearing clothes (or anything else) would be restricted to living persons, right?

I have tentatively translated it as "the body is clothed with a cotton shirt (etc.)", but I wanted to get your opinion on this.

Thanks!

P.S.: I didn't post this as an ES>EN question, because I wanted to get the opinion of all English speakers (who don't necessarily speak Spanish) regarding the English version.
María Teresa Taylor Oliver
Panama
Local time: 13:18
"is dressed in"
Explanation:
might be another way of phrasing it, but to my 'Merrican ears, there is nothing wrong with "is wearing"

The mannequin is wearing a sequined dress with red shoes.

sounds fine, even though the mannequin did not put it on itself.
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jccantrell
United States
Local time: 11:18
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3 +10"is dressed in"
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"is dressed in"


Explanation:
might be another way of phrasing it, but to my 'Merrican ears, there is nothing wrong with "is wearing"

The mannequin is wearing a sequined dress with red shoes.

sounds fine, even though the mannequin did not put it on itself.

jccantrell
United States
Local time: 11:18
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 24
Grading comment
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxmistahara: yes, Verb 1. wear - be dressed in; "She was wearing yellow that day"
4 mins

agree  BrigitteHilgner: Fine as an alternative.
10 mins

agree  Trudy Peters
14 mins

agree  Nicole Y. Adams, M.A.
1 hr

agree  Alp Berker: Dressed is good.
3 hrs

agree  Dana Rinaldi: agree with dressed
4 hrs

agree  Cristina Santos
6 hrs

agree  Joyce A
11 hrs

agree  Mark Nathan: but wouldn't it be "was dressed in"? // yes, but usually reports like this are written in the past tense.
1 day7 hrs
  -> Not if the corpse is right in front of you now...

agree  Rachel Fell: is/was clothed in OR dressed in http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1363696,00.html
1 day8 hrs
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