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22:45 Feb 17, 2008
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French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
French term or phrase: c'est ce qui fait durer les choses
The whole quote is "l'argent c'est ce qui permet la conquête des biens, mais la fortune: c'est ce qui fait durer les choses"

I'm uncertain how the last phrase starting from "but..." translates, especially since I haven't read Courrier Sud by Antoine Saint-Exupéry (author of The Little Prince)
Sylvia
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Summary of answers provided
5that's what makes things last
Diana Arbiser
3what gives them their durabilityxxxCMJ_Trans
3wealth is what allows you to hold onto thingsMatthewLaSon


  

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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
wealth is what allows you to hold onto things


Explanation:
Hello,

You can buy things with money, but you can't hold onto them if you don't have true wealth (fortune).

I hope this helps.

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Note added at 1 hr (2008-02-18 00:29:26 GMT)
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forced to sell things purchased for lack of money, can't afford repairs or upkeep, etc

MatthewLaSon
Local time: 23:04
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Asker: thank you for explaining the implications

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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
that's what makes things last


Explanation:
"... but fortune: that's what makes things last."

This is my suggestion.

:)

Diana Arbiser
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Local time: 21:04
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Native speaker of: Spanish
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Asker: thank you, that's what I thought

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what gives them their durability


Explanation:
another way

xxxCMJ_Trans
Local time: 05:04
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PRO pts in category: 94
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Asker: thank you for explaining the implication

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