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16:28 Mar 12, 2008
English to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / English novel, XIX century
English term or phrase: going a-begging
One or two berths in this part of the ship were even empty and going a-begging, in consequence of there being only four cabin passengers.

(Note : a berth is a cabin for paying passenger on a merchant ship)
nordiste
France
Local time: 13:48
English translation:available
Explanation:
and the ship-owners were no doubt pleased to find passengers for them.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:48
Grading comment
Thanks ! I knew there are native speakers of Victorian English on ProZ (author: WIlkie Collins).
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Jack Doughty


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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +11
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Explanation:
and the ship-owners were no doubt pleased to find passengers for them.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 12:48
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 514
Grading comment
Thanks ! I knew there are native speakers of Victorian English on ProZ (author: WIlkie Collins).
Notes to answerer
Asker: Sorry Jack, I should have said "near native" then.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  xxxPoveyTrans
0 min
  -> Thank you.

agree  Tony M: The modern expression is 'going begging', which means basically 'spare', something like 'de rab' in FR
4 mins
  -> Thank you. I didn't know the French term.

agree  Jim Tucker
5 mins
  -> Thank you.

agree  kmtext: This can sometimes, but not always, mean available at a reduced rate too.
23 mins
  -> Thank you. Yes, that's possible, but as you say, not certain.

agree  Vicky Nash
36 mins
  -> Thank you.

agree  Can Altinbay: The source English is horrible.
58 mins
  -> Thank you. The English is old-fashioned and formal, probably Victorian as "fourth" suggests, but given those considerations, it seems good English to me.

agree  fourth: source english OK, a bit rigid,. Victorian? Who's the author?
1 hr
  -> Thank you. Yes, I should think it is Victorian. Tried to trace the author by Googling part of it, but without success.

agree  GaryG: To me the "a-begging" suggests that the seats are not just "available" but in very low demand
1 hr
  -> Thank you. Could be.

agree  Cristina Santos
23 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Tania Samuelsson: they are very keen to fill the berths....
3 days21 hrs
  -> Thank you. Probably.

agree  V_N: hahaha, I like your note Jack :))
6 days
  -> Thank you.
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