faute d'etre juge inacheve par vos clients

15:28 Aug 30, 2000
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French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: faute d'etre juge inacheve par vos clients
Full sentence: Votre travail ne peut plus s'arreter a la livraison de livres de normes, faute d'etre juge inacheve par vos clients.
Shannon Summers
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na"lest it be judged inadequate by your clients"
Louise Atfield



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"lest it be judged inadequate by your clients"

I think that is what the author means. Any comments from anyone else?

Louise Atfield
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Part of the difficulty here is the non-translatability of "livres de normes." The literal English equivalent, "books of standards," will be understood only by people who are familiar with the regulations and prescriptions issued by the likes of OHSA, the ANSI and ASTM, AFNOR, the CSA, the
DIN, and ISO. Much more than mere manuals, these documents set the framework for just about every mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering activity on the planet.

To convey the proper meaning of this sentence, you need a few more words, e.g.:

"In today's world, your work doesn't stop simply because you've delivered several volumes of standards documents -- that is, unless you don't mind your customers thinking you've left part of your job undone."

Or, for a less punchy but more economical version of that last clause: "...unless you don't mind being considered less than diligent by your customers."

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