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Il faut l'espèce d'ouvre boîte à sardine qui se trouve dans le couloir qui mène

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12:40 May 2, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: Il faut l'espèce d'ouvre boîte à sardine qui se trouve dans le couloir qui mène
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Tim Clarke
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na"You will need a sardine can opener type of thing, which you can find in the hallway that takes you"Louise Atfield
naYou will need the sort of sardine tin can opener
Madeleine van Zanten


  

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You will need the sort of sardine tin can opener


Explanation:
that you will find in the hallway leading to...

Madeleine van Zanten
Switzerland
Local time: 06:27
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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3 days 5 hrs
"You will need a sardine can opener type of thing, which you can find in the hallway that takes you"


Explanation:
"You'll need a kind of "sardine can opener" which you can find in the hallway that takes you to"

"Espèce de" in this case means something that looks more or less like the object in question. In English, if you were to use "the kind (or the sort) of (something) which you find (somewhere)", it might mean that this is the type of the object that you usually find in that place. Not quite the same. This is the reason why I used quotation marks for "sardine can opener" which means to emphasize the fact that it is not really a can opener.

You could also use the sentence:
"You will need the sardine can opener type of thing, which you can find in the hallway that takes you to..."

Or more colloquially: "You will need the sardine can opener thingy which you can find in the hallway that takes you to..."

These might be more accurate...

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 300
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