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08:16 Nov 12, 2007
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English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase: giving her consciousness meaning
La situation: la jeune femme se trouve au cimetière aux funérailles de sa mère. Elle s'appuie sur les épaules de son petit frère, prête à s'évanouir. Elle est enceinte.
La phrase: "Only David's small, quivering shoulders supported her, giving her consciousness meaning."
Vos interprétations? Merci d'avance.
veroperl
Greece
Local time: 02:30
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Summary of answers provided
3 +1Seul le fait d'être soutenue par ... lui faisait comprendre l'importance de rester consciente
Mariamne Lohe
2 +2lui donnait la force de rester conscienteJulieM
3.. qui donnaient un sens à son état de consciencekatsy
3lui donnant une raison de rester consciente
Sylvie Updegraff
3la gardait consciente
Denali
3donnait un sens (concret) à sa perceptionxxxCMJ_Trans


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42 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Seul le fait d'être soutenue par ... lui faisait comprendre l'importance de rester consciente


Explanation:
ou: "donnant un sens à ce qu'elle ne perde pas connaissance"

Mariamne Lohe
Local time: 01:30
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Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Glen McCulley: much more like it. maybe "lui faisait comprendre combien il fallait rester consciente/éveillée"
5 mins
  -> Merci! La suggestion "combien il fallait rester éveillée" me plaît (et s'applique bien à mon état de conscience de ce matin)

neutral  Tony M: But I'm not entirely sure there is any sense of she herself being consciously aware of this 'meaning', as would surely be suggested by 'faisait comprendre'?
8 mins
  -> Right. I opted for her being aware of the "meaning", but that is not clearly said in the original text. Perhaps it would be clearer having more context.

neutral  katsy: agree with Tony
19 mins
  -> You're right. I just thought it was the more logical interpretation.
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55 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
donnait un sens (concret) à sa perception


Explanation:
.... de l'événement

L'anglais n'est pas clair

xxxCMJ_Trans
Local time: 01:30
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 55
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): +2
lui donnait la force de rester consciente


Explanation:
cela change légèrement le sens, mais j'ai l'impression que c'est l'idée

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-11-12 09:38:32 GMT)
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ou le courage de...

JulieM
Local time: 01:30
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
Notes to answerer
Asker: c'est une bonne idée qui a au moins l'avantage d'être claire!


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  LesBrets: d'accord, vous changez un peu le sens mais je vous suis sur l'idée aussi
8 mins
  -> merci LesBrets

agree  jean-jacques alexandre: O.K. w/LB
22 hrs
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6 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
la gardait consciente


Explanation:
Je pense vraiment que "meaning" se rapporte au tremblement des épaules de son freres et non a elle.
Ce tremblement est la seule chose lui permettant de se rattacher a la realite, de rester consciente dans l'etat de semi-inconscience ou elle se trouve.
D'autres possibilites:
lui permettait de se raccrochait a la realite
lui permettait de rester consciente
la rappelait a la realite
l'empechait de tomber inconsciente

Denali
Local time: 19:30
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in category: 4
Notes to answerer
Asker: j'en étais arrivée à "la rappelaient à la réalité", cela me conforte dans mon idée, merci! Je laisse encore reposer un peu...

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8 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
lui donnant une raison de rester consciente


Explanation:
Une autre idée... une nuance en tout cas.

Sylvie Updegraff
Local time: 19:30
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Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 8
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15 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
.. qui donnaient un sens à son état de conscience


Explanation:
http://www.cnrtl.fr/lexicographie/conscience ... see entry 'état de conscience'
I understand that the support (moral and physical) given by her brother's shoulders is the only reason she doesn't actually faint..

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Note added at 8 hrs (2007-11-12 17:09:58 GMT)
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Just sorry to all for my apparently endless repetition of the same point to asker above.... obviously my own "état de conscience" was far from what it should have been..

katsy
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