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14:42 Oct 28, 2007
English to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Management / Web
English term or phrase:planning, publishing and the growing web presence
There is a need for more strategic information to be developed at the Branch level, particularly as it relates to planning, publishing and the growing web presence of xxxx.
Explanation: I actually think there is a 3rd possibility that you have not mentioned (unless it is what you meant, but failed to make clear, in your 1st suggestion):
planning (by xxx or its Branch)
publishing (by xxx or its Branch)
growin web presence (of xxx)
The point being, I DON'T believe it is referring to planning or publishing IN GENERAL, but only specifically as being perfomred by xxx (or possibly, the branches); the writer clearly had a problem because 2 different prepositions were needed.
That 'the' preceding the last list item goes a long way to making your second option less than likely.
Tony M France Local time: 04:34 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 8
10 hrs confidence:
Your second option
Explanation: Having worked for a very long while in telecom management consulting, I'm familiar with such sentences and their authors. There is a tendency to consider things in phases and to list the phases so that there's no doubt about the scope of concern. (That doesn't mean that such lists remove all ambiguity, as the present example shows!)
Especially if your document is essentially about XXXX's web presence, then I think your second proposal is the most likely.
I'd rate my answer a 5 but that presumes I know your entire document. Still, if I were to rate this on my industry experience alone, I'd rate my confidence a 5.
Deborah Workman United States Local time: 22:34 Works in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 8