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English translation: They don't mean much really...

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16:40 Feb 15, 2008
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Social Sciences - Social Science, Sociology, Ethics, etc.
English term or phrase: relative/relatively
Hello! I think the use of relative/relatively is overused in American English, and sometimes I get the feeling it hasn't a real meaning. For example, how would you intepret it in these sentences?
"How would you describe his relative use of the five interpersonal management styles? How would you evaluate that person's conflict management effectiveness?'"
"Nonverbal cues have been linked to a wide variety of concepts and issues. We briefly consider two: (1) cultural differences and (2) status differences, in terms of the relative ranking of individuals and groups"
Thx!
xxxMaverick82
Local time: 00:51
English translation:They don't mean much really...
Explanation:
In the first instance, it could mean how one style use used relative to others, how they styles are made to fit in with each other; in the case of ranking, the fact that it is "relative" seems obvious. I reckon you could leave them both out if you think fit
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:51
Grading comment
Thx Jack
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4 +3They don't mean much really...
Jack Doughty


  

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They don't mean much really...


Explanation:
In the first instance, it could mean how one style use used relative to others, how they styles are made to fit in with each other; in the case of ranking, the fact that it is "relative" seems obvious. I reckon you could leave them both out if you think fit

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:51
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 44
Grading comment
Thx Jack
Notes to answerer
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Thoth: In the case of a ranking, you could see it as relative to others / vs. its absolute ranking. The absolute ranking may be position 8 in a chart, the relative ranking would be between 7 and 9. Does that make sense?
4 mins

agree  xxxPoveyTrans: With Jack on both accounts and that they can be left out. Proz invites students to join and is supportive of younger translators as they learn their craft.
2 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Adde: It is overused...
3 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  V_N
8 days
  -> Thank you.
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