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10:44 Feb 15, 2008
English to French translations [PRO] General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
English term or phrase:Give a hard edge to
"PVC windows will never age to give a lived-in look. Synthetic materials have given a hard edge to many of England’s towns and villages – and you can hardly blame homeowners for wanting to use something that doesn’t need painting every few years."
To me, the meaning is rather pejorative (or at least has negative connotations), and I think the EN text is rather muddled: I wouldn't expect the following conjunction to be 'and' — rather 'but', since the two parts of the sentence appear to be contrasted
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give a hard edge to
se sont imposés
Explanation: c'est ce qui me vient à l'esprit spontanément un vendredi!
Valérie Lapotre France Local time: 13:04 Native speaker of: French PRO pts in category: 27