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English translation: assign detailed rules to inferior rules

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06:23 Sep 4, 2008
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Bus/Financial - Management
English term or phrase: authorize detailed rules to inferior ones
I have already asked this question in EN>FR but I would like to get some native points of view.

My text deals with the internal rules of a company. These rules are hierarchically classified in a chart, into different categories (regulations, notifications, guidelines, etc). So there are "superior rules" and "inferior rules". Inferior rules cannot conflict with superior ones, and :

Superior rules may authorize detailed rules to inferior ones within the scope of its authority.

I don't understand the meaning of this. Could someone explain/rephrase it?

Bonus question (for my own knowledge) : is the use of "its" correct ? Should not it be "their"?

Many thanks in advance
Stéphanie Soudais
France
Local time: 07:17
English translation:assign detailed rules to inferior rules
Explanation:
IMO this is poor English, and the intended meaning is probably that a 'superior' rule can assign detailed rules to an 'inferior' rule (in order to specify the inferior rule more exactly).

IMO the use of 'superior' and 'inferior' here is also questionable because 'inferior' normally has the sense of 'low quality' in normal usage.

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Note added at 2 hrs (2008-09-04 08:24:43 GMT)
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And yes, in the text as written it should be 'within the scope of their authority'.
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Ken Cox
Local time: 07:17
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Thank you Ken
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assign detailed rules to inferior rules


Explanation:
IMO this is poor English, and the intended meaning is probably that a 'superior' rule can assign detailed rules to an 'inferior' rule (in order to specify the inferior rule more exactly).

IMO the use of 'superior' and 'inferior' here is also questionable because 'inferior' normally has the sense of 'low quality' in normal usage.

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Note added at 2 hrs (2008-09-04 08:24:43 GMT)
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And yes, in the text as written it should be 'within the scope of their authority'.

Ken Cox
Local time: 07:17
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Thank you Ken

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