11:52 Nov 10, 2010
French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: regardable
Pour le verbe "look" au contraire, la téléonomie construit du regardable pontentiel qui, une fois stabilisé en regardé, va pouvoir servir de repère à une opération plus générale.
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4look-atable, looked at
Bourth (X)
2 +1observable subject
Neil Coffey



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regardable, regardé
look-atable, looked at

I think you might have a problem here. I wonder if your author goes into the difference between "look at" and "watch", which are of course both regarder in French, the French using the same word for "looking at" an inanimate (if only temporarily) object and "watching" an animate one.

"Look at the TV! (the screen is broken)" and "Watch the TV! (instead of doing your homework) are quite different, both Regardes la télé!

"Look at me!" can however have a double sense: "Look into my eyes!" and "See how clever I am, I can do a wheelie", said as one is doing it. The latter of course amounts to "Watch me" said as one is about to do the wheelie.

Bref, you might be able to say "watchable/watched" if the "target" of the regard is animate .... It certainly works better than "look-atable".

"I find Claudia Schiffer rather watchable".

If your author has not brought "watch" into the equation, maybe you could introduce "look (at)/watch" as a binôme corresponding to his "regarder".

With November 11 tomorrow, here's something else to think about:

"To My Brother", by Siegfried Sassoon
Give me your hand, my brother, search my face;
Look in these eyes lest I should think of shame;
For we have made an end of all things base.
We are returning by the road we came.

Your lot is with the ghosts of soldiers dead,
And I am in the field where men must fight.
But in the gloom I see your laurell’d head
And through your victory I shall win the light.

Bourth (X)
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neutral  Helen Shiner: visible / viewable - or does it have to be a term based on the verb 'to look'?
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observable subject

I think it would help to see the whole paragraph to see what argument is really being made, but this might work.

Neil Coffey
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agree  SMcG (X): If you can see, look. If you can look, observe
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