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11:44 Apr 5, 2007
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: the sentence below
The narrator is recalling some things from the past.
Evan is the father, Leo - the son.

"[I remember] Evan looking up from the toilet and missing Leo's first real boy pee....."

ok, the question is: what did Evan actually do?
a) was he leaning over the toilet and had to dodge to avoid being - you know what?
b) was he looking OUT OF the toilet (as a room) and so he missed seeing his son doing - you know what - for the first time?
or maybe there is jet another way to understand this fragment?
Jolanta Konowalczyk
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:53
English translation:not quite right
Explanation:
The English is definitely odd.
Basically, accompanying small children to the loo requires a lot of waiting ("have you done it yet?") and I guess the father looked away, presumably at the person who is narrating, and missed the important event.
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Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 18:53
Grading comment
Thank you very much :)
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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3 +11not quite right
Mark Nathan


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5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +11
not quite right


Explanation:
The English is definitely odd.
Basically, accompanying small children to the loo requires a lot of waiting ("have you done it yet?") and I guess the father looked away, presumably at the person who is narrating, and missed the important event.

Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 18:53
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 88
Grading comment
Thank you very much :)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
4 mins

agree  carly
13 mins

agree  Alison Jenner: This is how I understood it, too.
18 mins

agree  Alexander Demyanov
22 mins

agree  Buck
52 mins

agree  Sandra SAYN
52 mins

agree  Refugio: yes, missed seeing it
1 hr

agree  Ken Cox: one of those priceless father-son bonding moments (sic)
1 hr

agree  David Cahill
5 hrs

agree  Joshua Wolfe: English is unsettling bec. makes reader think Evan is looking up from" within the toilet bowl. You are right that author must have meant "looking away from the toilet..."
2 days3 hrs

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
4 days
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