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|French to English translations [Non-PRO]|
Bus/Financial / Admin
|French term or phrase: mais ce n’est pas d’hier que des hommes et des femmes contribuent à faire deX|
|mais ce n’est pas d’hier que des hommes et des femmes contribuent à faire de XXX ce qu’elle est aujourd’hui|
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|All good help. I've used...a lot more than a few days' work.|
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but then turning XXX into what it/she is today is the fruit of many years of
Hi Lise, there isn't really enough context to fully conceive the sentence, too much ambiguity around XXX/elle (a thing, a concept, a service, a person?)
and around what is the nature of the "contribution" of men and women (usage, appraisal, their work)
My guess is XXX/elle is not a person but a service or an institution, the suggestion below is based on this guess and you'll be the judge/ otherwise adapt accordingly:
"...but if XXX today is what it/she is, this result was not achieved overnight, rather it was built throughout the years and by the many men and women who contributed to..." [...making XXX what it is today/turning XXX into what it is today/ changing the face of XXX/improve XXX, etc... "]
Slightly longer than in English, but more words needed as I see it. The English wording is just highly efficient here.
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"but is was not just yesterday that men and women started turning xx"
it could end in..."that men and women began to make x what it is today" or "that men and women began to turn xx in what it is today"
Hope it is of some help.
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