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13:45 Nov 9, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: membre suppleant
a member of a committee, but with a different status than a "membre effectif" which I take to be a working or full member.
Liz Tucker

Summary of answers provided
naActing member, substitute member, membre temporaireLouise Atfield
nasubstitute or alternate member
najust a note: literally, a member meant to "suppléer",
naAlternate or Acting Member (OR: Deputy Member; Temporary Substitute Member)
Yolanda Broad



9 mins
Alternate or Acting Member (OR: Deputy Member; Temporary Substitute Member)

Not sure what your wider context is, so here are several possibilities:

(1) English:Administration
temporary substitute member s

(2) English:Meetings and Assemblies
deputy member s

(3) English:Job Descriptions
Transfer of Personnel
alternate member s CORRECT

(4) English:Parliamentary Language
acting member s CORRECT

Yolanda Broad
United States
Local time: 17:44
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 1543

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1 hr
just a note: literally, a member meant to "suppléer",

complete a body or substitute for someone absent in a session where absences are critical. Usually appointed beforehand, in anticipation of such a event.

Local time: 23:44
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1861

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13 hrs
substitute or alternate member

I don't see what's wrong with Yolanda's answer...

Membre suppléant is a 'substitute member' or (sometimes)'alternate member'.

Go to and check it there online.

OK, a substitute member doesn't necessarily have to be a 'temporary' substitute member, but the grades Yolanda received for this answer are ludicrous.
Which is why I graded her answer '4'

The '1' and '0' must have been given by the same persons who graded Parrot's answer as these grades (3 & 4) are ludicrous as well... Sorry Parrot, no harm meant, just being fair.
(The '1' here comes from me)

Local time: 23:44
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch, Native in FlemishFlemish
PRO pts in pair: 287
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16 hrs
Acting member, substitute member, membre temporaire

Since the peer evaluation seems to be in disagreement, I just want to give my support to Yolanda's suggestions. Here are a few references (the Canadian government employs some of the best translators):

"Tout Office de commercialisation ou tout organisme mentionné aux paragraphes
(2) ou (3) peut nommer à titre de membre suppléant une personne possédant les
compétences nécessaires pour être membre de cet Office ou organisme, pour
remplacer un membre nommé par lui qui est absent ou incapable de remplir ses
fonctions ou a été nommé président de l'Office; le membre suppléant exerce ses
fonctions jusqu'à l'expiration du mandat du membre qu'il remplace."

Also, from the translation of a Canadian government page:

"Membre suppléant présent: Deborah Grey pour Jack Frazer."

"Acting Member present: Deborah Grey for Jack Frazer. "

And this other one, with its translation:

"Que, lors de l'interrogation des témoins, à toute séance du Sous-comité, cinq minutes soient accordées au premier intervenant
de chaque parti et cinq minutes à chaque membre par la suite, et, si on dispose de suffisamment de temps, que chaque membre
ou membre suppléant ait l'occasion de questionner le témoin."

"That, during questioning of witnesses, at any meeting of this Sub-committee, there be allocated one five-minute period per party
for the first round of questions and five minutes per member for the subsequent rounds; and that time permitting, every member,
or substitute member, be offered the opportunity to question the witness. "

And again:

"tout juge de la Cour fédérale ou d'une cour supérieure ou de district d'une province, et toute personne qui a occupé le poste de juge d'un tel tribunal peut, sur demande du président de la Commission assortie de l'autorisation du gouverneur en conseil, agir à titre de membre suppléant de la Commission."

with its translation on the same page:

any judge or former judge of the Federal Court or of a superior or district court of a province may, on the request of the Chairman of the Board made with the approval of the Governor in Council, act as a temporary member of the Board."

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 300
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