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English translation: the place of which

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French term or phrase:la place dont
English translation:the place of which
Entered by: Gayle Wallimann
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04:19 Mar 8, 2001
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: la place dont
This is from a report with different views from European deputies about the enlargement of Europe. The author explained over the phone in French "une place sociologique, c'est dire l'ducation de la personne, sa personnalit, son contexte sociale." Here is the sentence along with the one that follows: "Leur apprciation est personnelle, et la place dont ils parlent est clairement identifie. Les nombreuses rfrences fournies permettent chaque lecteur de remonter aux sources, et de complter son information selon ses centres d'intrt ou sa curiosit." I think that social position is too confining . Help!
Gayle Wallimann
Local time: 07:40
the place of which
Explanation:
in this context, "la place dont ils parlent" litterally means the place that they occupy in society
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EmmaS
Local time: 06:40
Grading comment
Thank-you so much for your help. I had thought of the same translation but I needed some confirmation. I was up too late last night working on this and I started to have doubts about a few things. It's nice to know we're not alone in the dark! Gayle
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Summary of answers provided
nastatus/roleLAC
nasocial status / socioeconomic statusKaren Tucker
nathe place of whichEmmaS


  

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26 mins
the place of which


Explanation:
in this context, "la place dont ils parlent" litterally means the place that they occupy in society


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EmmaS
Local time: 06:40
PRO pts in pair: 8
Grading comment
Thank-you so much for your help. I had thought of the same translation but I needed some confirmation. I was up too late last night working on this and I started to have doubts about a few things. It's nice to know we're not alone in the dark! Gayle
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42 mins
social status / socioeconomic status


Explanation:
These are two other possibilities that I think fit the author's definition, though "social position" and "place they occupy in society" sound good, too. Karen

Karen Tucker
United States
Local time: 01:40
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 394
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1 hr
status/role


Explanation:
"status" is just a suggestion of something that might be "less confining" than social position.
you might also want to see if you can work something out using "role" or "social role" if one of these fits with the European deputies' views of European enlargement as set forth in your document.

For the whole "la place dont ils parlent", and if the sentence comes shortly after a discussion of what "they" were saying/defining (deputies, etc.), does "to which they refer(ed)" or "about which they speak(spoke)" fit the context?

Good luck with this one!


LAC
United States
Local time: 00:40
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 45
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