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15:49 Feb 21, 2005
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Linguistics
English term or phrase:help with expression
what's better in English, please:
"the institution was the site of intense scienfific research which *** gathered momentum*** under the following directors leading it over the time"
"the institution was the site of intense scienfific research which ***gained imetus** under the following directors leading it over the time."
What I mean is that scientific research was boosted, improved under the following directors.
Explanation: If I had to choose between the two, definitely momentum. It has more of a long-term connotation, whereas 'impetus', to me, is a relatively short-term, one-off kind of impulse (and your sentence states that this development took place 'over the time'). By the way, 'over the time' is not quite idiomatic - if anything, you'd have to say 'over time' (or: '...directors who led it over time' or 'over the years').