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"dance the aisles" and "dance in aisles"


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07:51 Mar 24, 2001
English to Japanese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: "dance the aisles" and "dance in aisles"
What is the difference of nuance between these phrases?

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na +1通路で踊る・並んで踊る
Philip Soldini



4 days peer agreement (net): +1

There are a couple of differences in these phrases. Neither phrase explicitly states the subject, but the first phrase contains an object (aisles), whereas the second phrase does not. So the first phrase literally means "To make the aisles dance," 通路を踊らせる。However, this is an idiomatic sentence which really means "dance up and down the aisles," or "dance in the aisles." (通路で踊る).
In the second phrase, one can only guess what the subject is, but it is probably plural (i.e. "people"), since "in aisles" describes how they dance (i.e. "in lines"--something that 1 person alone can't do). So in Japanese it would translate as 並んで踊る。
Hope this helps!

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Philip Soldini
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