le ciel a du descendre pendant la nuit

English translation: The sky must have come down during the night

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16:37 Aug 13, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: le ciel a du descendre pendant la nuit
Il fait chaud en cette fin de septembre. Le ciel a du descendre pendant la nuit et depuis il ne bouge plus.
apancake
United States
Local time: 12:00
English translation:The sky must have come down during the night
Explanation:
It's hot this end of september. The sky must have come down during the night and hasn't moved since.

Feels like this in Texas, too.
Selected response from:

Theodore Quester
United States
Local time: 12:00
Grading comment
Thank you very much - it was the comparison to Texas that I liked the best - it really DOES feel like that!
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Summary of answers provided
na +1the mugginess settled in during the night...
Heathcliff
na +1It felt like the sky had closed in overnight
Mary Worby
na +1The sky must have come down during the night
Theodore Quester
na +1Heavy Rain
1964
nathe sky must have descended during the night and has stayed like that ever since
mckinnc
nathe sky must have come down during the night
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
naMy last word - I can hear you breathing a sigh of relief!
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
na -1Clouds must have gathered
Alain BERTRAND
na -1the sky must have fallen...
Lucien Marcelet
na -1the clouds had gathered during the night
xxxkeithb
na -1The night sky had vanished
Dawn Cuccinello-Cruz
na -1the sky must have descended (dropped) during the night
Marcus Malabad
na -1Clouds must have descended during the night ...
Parrot


  

Answers


1 min peer agreement (net): -1
the sky must have descended (dropped) during the night


Explanation:
The sky must have descended (dropped) during the night and it hasn't moved since.

Marcus Malabad
Canada
Local time: 18:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in TagalogTagalog
PRO pts in pair: 390

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Not dropped - makes me think of the Chcken Licken story - descended may work after all though!
16 hrs
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23 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Heavy Rain


Explanation:
Perhaps heavy rain during the night was the case since ciel may not move ?

1964
Turkey
Local time: 19:00
Native speaker of: Native in TurkishTurkish
PRO pts in pair: 294

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  CLS Lexi-tech: Do you mean "the sky opened and it rained?" Good idea!
6 mins

agree  xxxannekneip: ...it rained and it is stil raining
8 hrs

disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Too great a departure from original meaning
15 hrs
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1 hr peer agreement (net): -1
the sky must have fallen...


Explanation:
during the night and it has not budged since...

I think the ref is to the oppressive heat, giving the feeling of an unmoving,stifling atmosphere...
There is no reason to assume any rainfall in this context..("il ne bouge plus")


    my opinion...
Lucien Marcelet
PRO pts in pair: 24

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: falling & dropping sound too physical, images of bits of sky falling down to planet earth
15 hrs
  -> it is a poke at the chicken LITTLEstory...LITTLE not Licken..you watch too many commercials
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1 hr peer agreement (net): -1
Clouds must have descended during the night ...


Explanation:
This passage has the feel of an impending electrical storm, oppressive heat, etc.

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 18:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1861

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: I'm not mad about the idea of clouds on this one...
15 hrs
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1 hr peer agreement (net): -1
The night sky had vanished


Explanation:
It seems as though someone is outside, looking at the stars. Suddenly, the stars seem to disappear. It sounds poetic in this sense.
"The night sky had vanished and the darkness no longer moved." It would work.

Dawn Cuccinello-Cruz
PRO pts in pair: 5

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: the sky cannot go away altogether
14 hrs
  -> It is in a metaphoric sense. This is noth literal. Ask any native English speaker!
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2 hrs
the sky must have come down during the night


Explanation:
and has not budged since.


As i read it, it is no doubt referring to a terribly heavy atmosphere. Without the "has not budged since" bit, it could have been meaning that the heavens have opened, but the previous part also deals with heat and so on.

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 18:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4500
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3 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
The sky must have come down during the night


Explanation:
It's hot this end of september. The sky must have come down during the night and hasn't moved since.

Feels like this in Texas, too.

Theodore Quester
United States
Local time: 12:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 35
Grading comment
Thank you very much - it was the comparison to Texas that I liked the best - it really DOES feel like that!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  roberhenri: This is of course metaphoric.
1 day 8 hrs
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8 hrs peer agreement (net): -1
the clouds had gathered during the night


Explanation:
and they've been there ever since

xxxkeithb
Local time: 18:00

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: You cna have 100% cloud cover (whiteout effect) without seeing individual clouds
7 hrs
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9 hrs
the sky must have descended during the night and has stayed like that ever since


Explanation:
Broadly I think the other "descended" answer is correct. I think this is as idiomatic as I can make it sound. I don't think it's referring to rain but simply that the sky has come to seemingly envelop everything.

mckinnc
Local time: 18:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 922
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10 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
It felt like the sky had closed in overnight


Explanation:
and it hadn't moved since.

Just another suggestion. I think, in English, we are more likely to express the comparison explicitly ...

But that's just me!

Hope it helps

Mary

Mary Worby
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 484

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Nice idea. I don't like refs to clouds here and am going off the idea of descending skies. One way round it for GB Eng.
6 hrs
  -> Thanks, Nikki, I feel quite honoured with all these 'disagrees' flying around!!
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10 hrs peer agreement (net): -1
Clouds must have gathered


Explanation:
Clouds must have gathered during the night and stayed like this till now.

Referring to a grey heavy day.

Alain BERTRAND
Local time: 20:00
PRO pts in pair: 12

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Assumption too far removed form original idea
5 hrs
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13 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
the mugginess settled in during the night...


Explanation:
... and hasn't budged since.

"It's hot, here at the end of September...," and "mugginess" is the logical offspring of heat and a lowering or oppressive sky. So why not strike a blow against the tyranny of the source text (i.e., literalism) and go with the underlying sense of it? (not to mention the rather nice kinship of "bouge" and "budge"...)

Cheers,
HC



Heathcliff
United States
Local time: 09:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 953

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Nikki Scott-Despaigne: Avoids the falling skies image, clouds are out of the picture adn says what it means - why not indeed!
2 hrs
  -> (blush) As always, your concurrence counts for a lot!
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1 day 15 hrs
My last word - I can hear you breathing a sigh of relief!


Explanation:
Lucien – you’re right about Chicken Little. I’m 39 so it was a long time ago. I checked out Chicken Licken – didn’t even know I knew it ! Thanks !

Dawn – English is my mother tongue and whilst I can safely claim not to be devoid of all sense of humour, albeit a British one, the sky is always there. I see what you’re getting at though but just don’t think it works here. Can we agree to disagree ?

Heather – I vote for your mugginess as it avoids any idea of skies falling from the heavens, heavens opening or clouds doing anything at all.


PS - I am a bit of a cloud freak and translate a fair number of translation of meteorological texts.

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 18:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4500
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