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02:56 Feb 1, 2009
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French to English translations [Non-PRO]
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French term or phrase: ne pas attendre
I'm totally of two minds about this: Is the "ne" intended, or is it a false negative (which French is fond of, as in "craint de ne...").
This is a Board of Directors meeting in Dec 2008 considering how to deal with the possibility that their two new product launches may fail in the new year (as none of their usual customers have signed up to the products yet). The meeting's minutes record that: "Le President [CEO] insiste notamment sur l'importance de ne pas attendre la fin de l'annee en prenant les mesures qui s'imposent pour limiter les consequences liees a cette hypothese."
I think the "ne" is a typical false negative and that he's saying "We must not end the year by failing to implement measures to limit the consequences of the products failing."
I'd be grateful for thoughts :-)
(There is, by the way, no other context on this point.)
Rimas Balsys
Local time: 15:13
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Summary of answers provided
4 +4(the importance) of not waiting (for)
Rebecca Davis
4 +2not to wait
Rod Nelson
4not waiting until
Clayton Causey
4absolutlyxxxbowse123


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not to wait


Explanation:
I understand what you're saying about the "ne" in French (the pleonastic ne, if memory serves), but your example is "ne pas" and there's no ambiguity there, right?

Rod Nelson
Canada
Local time: 15:13
Native speaker of: English

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agree  Yasdnil1
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agree  chaplin
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absolutly


Explanation:
you are correct!

xxxbowse123
Local time: 18:13
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in EnglishEnglish
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +4
(the importance) of not waiting (for)


Explanation:
The "ne" is correct, I think; you could translate this bit as "the importance of not waiting for the end of the year, by..."

Rebecca Davis
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:13
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 20

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agree  wordgirl: good "fit", as in "the CEO insists on the importance of not..."etc etc
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agree  Bashiqa
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agree  margaret caulfield
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agree  Catherine Gilsenan
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not waiting until


Explanation:
Sometimes the French infinitive (attendre) should be translated to English in the gerund (waiting).

"The CEO stressed the importance of not waiting until the end of the year to take the measures necessary to curb the negative consequences of this proposal." Or something to that effect.

Clayton Causey
Local time: 06:13
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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