proveerle descendencia

English translation: the patriarch made it impossible for his son to provide him with an heir

06:27 Aug 23, 2001
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
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Spanish term or phrase: proveerle descendencia
en una frase literaria que dice "el patriarca hace a su hijo esteril de proveerle descendencia".
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English translation:the patriarch made it impossible for his son to provide him with an heir
Explanation:
literally 'proveerle descendencia' is to 'provide him with descendents' but I think it sounds nicer, more "literary" to replace that with heir - same idea
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lcmolinari
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Local time: 23:16
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na +1the patriarch made it impossible for his son to provide him with an heir
lcmolinari
na...makes his son (children) powerless to provide him with
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the patriarch made it impossible for his son to provide him with an heir


Explanation:
literally 'proveerle descendencia' is to 'provide him with descendents' but I think it sounds nicer, more "literary" to replace that with heir - same idea

lcmolinari
Canada
Local time: 23:16
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PRO pts in pair: 66
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agree  AngelaMR: 'heir' does have a nicer ring to it.
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...makes his son (children) powerless to provide him with


Explanation:
descendants".
Sounds like a generalization for a character type. "Powerless" raises the connotation of "impotence", which is one of the classic attributes associated to the archetype of the (castrating) patriarch (or a matriarch, for that matter).

Parrot
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