veuillez agréer, Mesdames, Messieurs, l'assurance de ma considération distinguée

English translation: Yours faithfully,

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French term or phrase:veuillez agréer, Mesdames, Messieurs, l\'assurance de ma considération distinguée
English translation:Yours faithfully,
Entered by: EZENGE

11:47 Feb 14, 2012
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Social Sciences - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
French term or phrase: veuillez agréer, Mesdames, Messieurs, l'assurance de ma considération distinguée
This is from a letter from one permanent secretary to the participants to a meeting.
EZENGE
Botswana
Local time: 23:17
Yours faithfully,
Explanation:
Typical flowery closing formula not replicated in English. Simply close with "Yours faithfully," since addressed to "Mesdames, Messieurs", rather than individually named recipients.
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Colin Rowe
Germany
Local time: 23:17
Grading comment
Colin you are right. That's indeed the answer I thought was right and even submitted the assignment yesterday around 15:00 hours.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer



Summary of answers provided
4 +12Yours faithfully,
Colin Rowe
Summary of reference entries provided
plenty of reference available
Martin Cassell

  

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5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +12
Yours faithfully,


Explanation:
Typical flowery closing formula not replicated in English. Simply close with "Yours faithfully," since addressed to "Mesdames, Messieurs", rather than individually named recipients.

Colin Rowe
Germany
Local time: 23:17
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 28
Grading comment
Colin you are right. That's indeed the answer I thought was right and even submitted the assignment yesterday around 15:00 hours.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  writeaway: check any dictionary and/or the glossary.
0 min

agree  JMcKechnie
2 mins

agree  Laurette Tassin
2 mins

agree  Barbara Carrara: with writeaway
4 mins

agree  Sheila Wilson
5 mins

agree  Alice Jones
7 mins

agree  Sarah Bessioud
41 mins

agree  LaraBarnett
1 hr

agree  Martin Cassell
1 hr

agree  Jean-Claude Gouin
1 hr

agree  Verginia Ophof
6 hrs

agree  emiledgar
18 hrs
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Reference comments


54 mins peer agreement (net): +2
Reference: plenty of reference available

Reference information:
Here some examples of good sources for this sort of query:

Ask.com: http://www.ask.com/wiki/Valediction#French

Larousse: http://is.gd/RMirYo

And of course variations on the theme have been well covered already on KudoZ:
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/french_to_english/general_conversa...

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And a big range of existing translation solutions (of variable quality, to be read with discrimination) at http://www.linguee.fr/francais-anglais/search?source=auto&qu... .

There are all kinds of usable options there, depending on the register you want to aim for. Some are clearly calques (direct copies) from the French, but in some contexts (international institutions) that is perhaps acceptable, though they would sound odd to a native English speaker.

The examples from European legislation (europa.eu) are probably the closest to your context, being more formal/old-fashioned, but really you can justify choosing any one of a range of solutions in a case like this.

Martin Cassell
United Kingdom
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 43

Peer comments on this reference comment (and responses from the reference poster)
agree  Colin Rowe: Problem is, of course, there are so many variations on the theme!
1 min
  -> indeed. no coin-in-the-slot solutions from the glossary vending machine here!
agree  Nancie Leduc
1 hr
  -> merci !
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