Toimija

English translation: agent, actor

23:18 Feb 3, 2007
Finnish to English translations [PRO]
Government / Politics
Finnish term or phrase: Toimija
kansainvälisellä tasolla parhaiten tunnettu toimija

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Kaisa Pankakoski
Local time: 08:34
English translation:agent, actor
Explanation:
Depending on context one or other may be preferable. For inanimate subjects, agent is chosen, as in chemical agent for example. Where a person or institution is concerned, actor is increasingly common.
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Desmond O'Rourke
United States
Local time: 03:34
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Cheers, Des! Very helpful :) I think I will have to go for actor then...
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agent, actor


Explanation:
Depending on context one or other may be preferable. For inanimate subjects, agent is chosen, as in chemical agent for example. Where a person or institution is concerned, actor is increasingly common.

Desmond O'Rourke
United States
Local time: 03:34
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Cheers, Des! Very helpful :) I think I will have to go for actor then...

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jari Vesterinen
1 hr
  -> thank you, Jari

agree  Owen owenfw: Agree. In some contexts and registers words like "force" or "player" can be appropriate glosses. Like "Obama is a major player in the party". "Actor" can be too formal or impersonal sometimes.
3 hrs
  -> Player and force are excellent alternatives

agree  Spencer Allman: or player
7 hrs
  -> Player is good, too, connoting the risk element associated with sport

agree  Annira Silver: 'Operator' fits in some contexts. I hate 'actor' too, but have to concede it seems to be the new in-word. I think it's come from sociology & still has a pseudo-academic tinge to me.
9 hrs
  -> Thanks, Annira - operator is OK, unless he's a shady one

agree  Jussi Rosti
1 day 19 hrs
  -> Thank you!
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