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A dangerous assumption to make

English translation: women might fight back better than men

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11:00 Aug 10, 2006
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Other
English term or phrase: A dangerous assumption to make
"I'm only guessing, but i would say that the killer did the guy first. Maybe a surprise attack. That way he takes the path of least resistance. His second victim doen't have the same strength and doesn't pose the same threat as a man." Herman paused
"A dangerous assumption to make" said Maria with a bitter smile. Herrman straighten up and shrugged.

---- Maria is a policewoman. Could the sentence she said mean that "Some women can fight back better than men" or what does it mean? Or she is commenting what Herman said?
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English translation:women might fight back better than men
Explanation:
It's ambiguous, could be either, but it would be dangerous for the killer is he assumed wrongly that the woman would offer less resistance. Herman's guess might be wrong, but it is difficult to see how it could be described as dangerous.

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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:07
Grading comment
thank you very much indeed
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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3 +7women might fight back better than men
Jack Doughty


  

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15 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +7
a dangerous assumption to make
women might fight back better than men


Explanation:
It's ambiguous, could be either, but it would be dangerous for the killer is he assumed wrongly that the woman would offer less resistance. Herman's guess might be wrong, but it is difficult to see how it could be described as dangerous.



Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:07
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 268
Grading comment
thank you very much indeed

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Alexander Demyanov: It's sort of a joke. Maria doesn't dispute Herman's analysis, she just says "Don't you assume that we (women) are weaker than you.
2 hrs
  -> Thank you. Yes, that's another aspect of it.

agree  Can Altinbay
3 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  RHELLER: it might be dangerous to assume that women are the weaker sex (or should I say gender?)
4 hrs
  -> Thank you. "Gender" if you care about political correctness, "sex" if you're a traditionalist. To me, "gender" is a grammatical term.

agree  NancyLynn
5 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Erich Ekoputra: It was dangerous to take this assumption because this could mislead the investigation, say, looking for murder weapon around the woman's body because she was killed last.
6 hrs
  -> Thank you for the agree, even though you appear to be arguing the opposite case.

agree  Marcella Lang: in that sense Yes
22 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Kirill Semenov
23 hrs
  -> Thank you.
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