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15:46 Mar 31, 2008
Portuguese to English translations [Non-PRO] Other / general
Hi Isabel. thanks! Yes, it must be based on context. Below is the sentence (and the Port isn't the most refined, it was a quite typed in user response, so don't worry if it's not the most professional. Thsi was port > eng). Thanks again!!
Os elementos da força de vendas e do escritório com mobilidade frequente deveriam ter acesso em tempo real ao seu email e aplicações mais importantes através de um aparelho handheld e em tempo real o que não acontece actualmente
The individuals of the sales force and of the office who are frequently on the go should have access in real time to their e-mail and most important applications through a handheld device and in real time, something which does not happen currently
Explanation: Yes. "elementos" can mean "individuals" or "people" but in Brazilian Portuguese (don't know about PT-PT) it often has a negative ring to it. We often hear "mau elemento" but rarely (if ever) "bom elemento" - and often the word is used alone in negative contexts, as in "Ele foi assaltado por cinco elementos". I can't imagine someone saying "Ele foi salvo por cinco elementos" - in this case I feel "pessoas" would definitely be better.
In the case at hand, my choice would be "integrantes". "Membros" also possible but not advised - the word could have a double meaning.
(I was surprised to see that in Google "bom elemento" has more reference than "mau elemento" - most of them refer to a song by this name, composed by Noel Rosa. This goes to prove that the number of Google hits is *not* the best way to judge suitability of answers!)
Paul Dixon Brazil Local time: 14:58 Native speaker of: English, Portuguese PRO pts in category: 52