English translation: Right!

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Italian term or phrase:ovali
English translation:Right!
Entered by: Maria Burnett
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18:05 Dec 8, 2010
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / novel
Italian term or phrase: ovali
This is a novel which takes place in Russia.

Do you think ovali refers to face?
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la ragazza, con professionale diligenza, ma senza la durezza o lo sconcerto che apparirebbero all’istante su un viso italiano, porrebbe delicatamente fine all’eccesso di partecipazione del maschio, scostandosi appena da una bocca troppo intraprendente, o frapponendo una mano tra i rispettivi ovali.
Maria Burnett
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Chiara Beltrami
Local time: 07:11
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5 +2Right!
Chiara Beltrami
4 +2mouths
Matthew Furfine

Discussion entries: 1



4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +2

my interpretation

Matthew Furfine
Local time: 07:11
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8

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agree  Chiara Beltrami: maybe even this case.....it depends on the whole text....
2 mins
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agree  fionn: Looks like it. And since the text already mentions mouths you can probably find a way to use 'ovals'.
32 mins
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Chiara Beltrami
Local time: 07:11
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Native speaker of: Italian
PRO pts in category: 12

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agree  xxxR.C.: we say poetically "l'ovale del viso" let us know how you'll express that poetry in English pls!!!
1 hr

agree  BdiL: It means that the hand is raised interposing it between the two faces, using it as a shielding wall. Ovale literally never means mouth, though one might want to render it that way. But the source does not say so! Maurizio
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