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15:05 Mar 3, 2004
English to Chinese translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Art, Arts & Crafts, Painting
English term or phrase:"her life was set on such a sure course "
She wondered if literature might lose some of its interest when she reached an age or state of mind where her life was set on such a sure course that the things she read might stop seeming so powerfully like alternate directions for her being.
Explanation: course = the direction of movement taken by someone or something 行动方向 eg Our course is directly south. 我们的行进方向是正南方.
on course = going the right way 在正确的方向上 eg The ship is on course. 这艘船航向正确吴错.She's on course for a gold medal. 她一踏上了夺取金牌之路.
set = to cause to take a specified direction, direct
sure = ? fixed an old usage
'set on a sure course' = a nautical/navigation metaphor comparing her life to a boat at sea, or you could compare it to setting the trajectory for a rocket. Once the course is set, there is usually no turning back nor is there much deviation.
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