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|German to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|German term or phrase: selbständig handlelnder Kaufmann|
|Kaufmann > merchant in legal language, but there must an equivalent of 'selbständig handlelnder' I can't lay my hands on.|
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|Thanks for this. It looks to fit the bill, so I'll use it.|
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a businessperson acting independently
Without more text it is hard to figure out what your author is trying to say.
First of all, "merchant" is probably too limited in scope for "Kaufmann". A merchant is a wholesaler or retailer but a "Kaufmann" is any sort of businessperson. That is a why German with a "bachelor's or master's degree in Business Management" (depending on how high you wish to rate the German university system) is called a "Diplom Kaufmann".
Secondly, "selbständig" can mean "self-employed" but also "independent" or "of/by/on her/his own volition".
"handeln" is probably clear enough as "act".
The use of "self-employed" and "act/acting" together sounds strange.
There might be other possibilities but here are a few that you can perhaps bend around to fit your context:
"an independently acting businessperson" sounds terrible to me.
"a businessperson acting independently" might be OK, or
"a businessperson acting of/by/on her/his own volition" is long but might sound good in court, or
"a businessperson who acts independently" or
"a businessperson who acts on her/his own volition " or
"a businessperson allowed to act independently" or
"a businessperson allowed to act on her/his own volition " or
"a businessperson who is allowed to act independently" or whatever.
"a businessperson who is allowed to act on her/his own volition "
- HTH - Dan
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