a bien

13:40 Jan 15, 2019
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Linguistics / Translation
French term or phrase: a bien
"Ce traducteur a bien retraduit Plutarque."

This is from an essay by Berman on retranslation. He is explaining how a retranslation is not solely any translation of a text already translated, and he gives the example of Amyot's translations of Plutarch.

Appreciate any response in advance.
Hamid Parham
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Trevino Translations
3retranslated (with a high degree of) accuracy
Barbara Cochran, MFA

Discussion entries: 15



1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5

"Bien" qualifies "a...retraduit". Of course, there are lots of ways to say "well" but this seems the easiest choice.

Trevino Translations
Local time: 09:36
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neutral  Victoria Britten: Probable, but it's impossible to be entirely sure without more context.
23 mins

neutral  writeaway: really really doubtful it means well in the supposed context
30 mins
  -> How so? The only other meaning would be to affirm that the work was indeed done by a specific translator. The text given gives no hint of doubt.

neutral  Tony M: Agree with Victoria and W/A: the syntax used here more strongly suggests the alternative sense of 'bien', as outlined by Victoria in the discussion.
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3 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
retranslated (with a high degree of) accuracy

Translated Plutarch with a high degree of accuracy, rather than the first time it was attempted.

Barbara Cochran, MFA
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Local time: 03:36
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