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17:08 Aug 31, 2010
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French to English translations [PRO]
Medical - Medical (general) / Alzheimer's
French term or phrase: semblent en pointe
Hello again

I am still translating some references for an article about techniques to stimulate people with Alzheimer's disease. Does this mean "seem to be expers"/"seem to be very much up-to-date"...??

Voici quelques approches et témoignages en provenance de la Suède, de l’Autriche, du Canada et de l’Italie qui semblent en pointe dans ce domaine.

Thank you!
liz askew
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:37

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3up to the mark
B D Finch

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up to the mark

I believe that "en pointe" refers metaphorically to ballet, so an equivalent English expression might be "up to the mark". I think it is rather weaker than saying they are experts or at the cutting edge. More like competent.

B D Finch
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