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English translation: that [standard] foundry (or casting) just won't rank/match

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French term or phrase:ne peut prétendre
English translation:that [standard] foundry (or casting) just won't rank/match
Entered by: Wyley Powell
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13:20 Mar 30, 2007
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French term or phrase: ne peut prétendre
Hi, this is a text about a joint undertaking by a precision engineering company and a car manufacturer.
I don't understand the "ne" in "auxquels la fonderie ne peut prétendre" below.

"Le moteur XXX est une démonstration de l’utilité d'un concept qui permet d’accéder aux meilleurs alliages auxquels la fonderie ***ne*** peut prétendre et qui procure des avantages substantiels en terme de fiabilité, poids et réactivité."

Is this similar to the pleonastic "ne" used with "avoir peur, craindre," etc.?

TIA
Wyley Powell
Canada
Local time: 08:13
that [standard] foundry (or casting) just won't rank/match
Explanation:
The keywords here are "Foundry" and alloys. They are comparing high-end alloys to regular foundry. I guess that English verbs like pretending/claiming only work for humans, not for techniques, but this is what they mean. I agree on Tony's approach

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Note added at 1 heure (2007-03-30 14:27:22 GMT)
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It seems that the proposed comparison (wasn't it humble enough?) between standard foundry and high-end alloys was and still is misunderstood or ignored. I don't have enough space here to provide details which would substantiate the differences between high-end alloys and (standard) foundry products


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Note added at 1 heure (2007-03-30 14:46:31 GMT)
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ne peut prétendre means "in your dreeams" or "don't even think of it". Hope this slang will help understanding this typically French turn of phrase used to emphacize a comparison element. Mmm...no faux ami here, maybe elsewhere

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Note added at 6 heures (2007-03-30 20:11:17 GMT)
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I would like to say thank you to Richard Benham
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christian landais
France
Local time: 14:13
Grading comment
Thanks to everyone.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +4that [standard] foundry (or casting) just won't rank/match
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that [standard] foundry (or casting) just won't rank/match


Explanation:
The keywords here are "Foundry" and alloys. They are comparing high-end alloys to regular foundry. I guess that English verbs like pretending/claiming only work for humans, not for techniques, but this is what they mean. I agree on Tony's approach

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Note added at 1 heure (2007-03-30 14:27:22 GMT)
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It seems that the proposed comparison (wasn't it humble enough?) between standard foundry and high-end alloys was and still is misunderstood or ignored. I don't have enough space here to provide details which would substantiate the differences between high-end alloys and (standard) foundry products


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Note added at 1 heure (2007-03-30 14:46:31 GMT)
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ne peut prétendre means "in your dreeams" or "don't even think of it". Hope this slang will help understanding this typically French turn of phrase used to emphacize a comparison element. Mmm...no faux ami here, maybe elsewhere

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Note added at 6 heures (2007-03-30 20:11:17 GMT)
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I would like to say thank you to Richard Benham

christian landais
France
Local time: 14:13
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 40
Grading comment
Thanks to everyone.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  writeaway: ok
2 mins

agree  Lidija Lazic
12 hrs

agree  rousselures: Tout à fait! There's no way around this one, the foundry can't (ne peux) make those alloys ... It isn't a "figure de style", "ne peux" means "can't"...
17 hrs

agree  Tony M
5 days
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