as if classification were being used

15:58 Apr 7, 2014
English to Spanish translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Journalism
English term or phrase: as if classification were being used
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He said it seemed as if classification were being used more to protect people from political embarrassment.
Pareciera que (la clasificación) se utiliza más para proteger a los funcionarios de un bochorno político".
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Summary of answers provided
5como si se usara la clasificación
Sherrie Roberts
4 +1que la clasificación se utilizaba/estaba utilizando
Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
4 +1Dijo que parecía como si la confidencialidad/el secretismo* se usara
Cecilia Gowar
5como si se estuviera utilizando la clasificación
Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes
3como si la clasificación estuviera siendo usada
Alejandra Gutierrez


  

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7 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
como si la clasificación estuviera siendo usada


Explanation:
Mi interpretación

Alejandra Gutierrez
United States
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57 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
como si se estuviera utilizando la clasificación


Explanation:
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Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes
Spain
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Dijo que parecía como si la confidencialidad/el secretismo* se usara


Explanation:
...más (bien) para proteger ...

Es mejor evitar el gerundio en castellano.

* no sé cómo estás traduciendo "classification" en el texto. Aquí tendrás que mantener la misma palabra.


Cecilia Gowar
United Kingdom
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PRO pts in category: 68

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Rebeca Martín Lorenzo: Me inclino por tu respuesta. Yo también intuyo que aquí "classification" viene de "classified" = kept secret from all but a few people in the government (Merriam Webster)
17 hrs
  -> Así es Rebeca, y encuentro que "clasificación" no tiene el mismo peso.
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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
que la clasificación se utilizaba/estaba utilizando


Explanation:
Haría una traducción directa sin complicar la frase: "Dijo que parecía que la clasificación se utilizaba/se estaba utilizando más bien para proteger etc."

No utilizaría el imperfecto de subjuntivo (pareciera).

Beatriz Ramírez de Haro
Spain
Local time: 17:34
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agree  Brenda Ramirez: tus opciones me parecen correctas
15 hrs
  -> Gracias Brenda - Bea
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148 days   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5
como si se usara la clasificación


Explanation:
This is an example of the past continuous subjunctive - a rare feature in English. Spanish prefers the less clumsy use of the passive 'se' + verb. The fact that this is a continuous passive in English, does not necessarily require the equivalent clumsy structure in Spanish.

Sherrie Roberts
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:34
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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