remorque au chargement

16:47 Feb 23, 2019
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French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - Automotive / Cars & Trucks / In A Film Synopsis
French term or phrase: remorque au chargement
Contexte:


Dans une lettre de 1975 (Ted Hughes) à sa fille
Frieda, scolarisée en pension, il l’interroge sur ses examens, puis décrit l’activité du jour dans le
Devon:
La pluie s’est mise à tomber juste au moment où nous finissions de charger les bottes de
foin – nous nous sommes précipités pour les mettre à l’abri, bottes dans la Land Rover,
bottes dans le van de Jean et Ian, bottes dans le box des chevaux, bottes dans les oreilles,
bottes dans le cou, bottes dans nos bottes, bottes dans nos chemises. Nous avons donc
bringuebalé jusqu’à la maison, en ployant & en flageolant & en penchant & en
renversant & en chancelant. Et là, devant nous, un autre tracteur se traînait avec une
remorque au chargement deux fois plus haut que le nôtre, un vrai gratte-ciel. Partout
dans la campagne, on croisait des tracteurs rampant péniblement vers le bercail sous
d’ultimes chargements impossibles dans le vert de la pluie.

Merci Beaucoup,

Barbara
Barbara Cochran, MFA
United States
Local time: 18:59


Summary of answers provided
5 +2a trailer loaded twice as high
Tony M
3 +2the trailer's load
Hilary McGrath


Discussion entries: 1





  

Answers


27 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +2
the trailer's load


Explanation:
the trailer's load was twice as high as ours

Hilary McGrath
France
Local time: 00:59
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  Tony M: Right idea, but tricky to work into the syntax; personally, I prefer to avoid possessives for inanimate objects, unless deliberately for stylistic effect. In this case, we have proof positive that this is indeed the wrong (back-)translation.
8 mins
  -> Tony, you've come back to change a neutral to a disagree, and then to say that Hughes agrees with you, and then again to say that my translation is indeed wrong. I think you've made your point.

agree  mchd: oui, c'est bien le sens de l'expression française
19 hrs

agree  GILOU
23 hrs

agree  Rachel Fell
2 days 1 hr
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34 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +2
une remorque au chargement deux fois plus haut
a trailer loaded twice as high


Explanation:
Once the parsing is corrected, it becomes easy.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2019-02-23 21:03:56 GMT)
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« un autre tracteur se traînait avec une remorque au chargement deux fois plus haut que le nôtre »

e.g.

"another tractor trundled along with a trailer loaded twice as high as our one"

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Note added at 4 hrs (2019-02-23 21:09:29 GMT)
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And here we have the original: (thanks to Wendy Streitpath for locating this for us!)

https://books.google.de/books?id=7Z_Bu9YWQcUC&pg=PA367&lpg=P...

"And there in front of us was some other tractor creeping along with a trailer loaded twice as high as ours"

I'd say my back-translation of the term as asked was pretty spot-on, eh?


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Note added at 4 hrs (2019-02-23 21:12:19 GMT)
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Oh dear, I do apologise for spelling Wendy Streitparth's name wrongly above :-(

Tony M
France
Local time: 00:59
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 483

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
neutral  Hilary McGrath: Well, just another way of saying what I said, and of course it depends on the rest of the sentence.
2 hrs
  -> Yes, I'd hope any answers were only going to have stylistic differences; but I think this wording would be easier to fit in with the surrounding text, and Mr Hughes appears to agree.

agree  Ph_B (X): Can't argue with that - see ref. in previous question: https://www.proz.com/kudoz/french-to-english/general-convers...
15 hrs
  -> Merci, Ph_B ! Yes, thanks a lot, I did see that (y)

agree  philgoddard: This is the only possible correct answer, given that we have the original English.
20 hrs
  -> Thanks, Phil! I'm glad you see my point on this (y)
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