no se podrá atribuir una organización la representación de la otra

English translation: neither organisation may claim to represent the other

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Spanish term or phrase:no se podrá atribuir una organización la representación de la otra
English translation:neither organisation may claim to represent the other
Entered by: Charles Davis

14:13 Apr 11, 2015
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Spanish term or phrase: no se podrá atribuir una organización la representación de la otra
Context:

Salvo expreso pacto en contrario y únicamente para aspectos concretos definidos previamente entre las partes, "en ningún caso se podrá atribuir una organización la representación de la otra" ante interlocutor o institución alguna.

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Marian Martin
Spain
Local time: 09:44
neither organisation may claim to represent the other
Explanation:
I have to confess that I too thought at first glance that "a" was missing before "una organización", but it makes perfect sense as it stands, and means something different. "Atribuirse algo" is literally to attribute something to oneself, to arrogate it to oneself, as you put it (a verb that is not used much in English but is perfectly correct). In plain terms, it seems clear that we have two organisations here and the idea is that they wish to protect their mutual independence: neither of them may claim, in general terms, to be speaking for the other. I would use "claim to represent", and since there are evidently only two of them, "neither" will make it clearer; you wouldn't say "an organisation" or "no organisation" in this case. You could say "one organisation may not claim to represent the other", but it wouldn't sound natural, in my opinion.
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Charles Davis
Spain
Local time: 09:44
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4 +4neither organisation may claim to represent the other
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neither organisation may claim to represent the other


Explanation:
I have to confess that I too thought at first glance that "a" was missing before "una organización", but it makes perfect sense as it stands, and means something different. "Atribuirse algo" is literally to attribute something to oneself, to arrogate it to oneself, as you put it (a verb that is not used much in English but is perfectly correct). In plain terms, it seems clear that we have two organisations here and the idea is that they wish to protect their mutual independence: neither of them may claim, in general terms, to be speaking for the other. I would use "claim to represent", and since there are evidently only two of them, "neither" will make it clearer; you wouldn't say "an organisation" or "no organisation" in this case. You could say "one organisation may not claim to represent the other", but it wouldn't sound natural, in my opinion.

Charles Davis
Spain
Local time: 09:44
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 112
Notes to answerer
Asker: Many thanks, Charles. Best possible answer :)


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  James A. Walsh: Sounds good to me!
12 mins
  -> Cheers, James! Nice to hear from you :)

agree  Billh
48 mins
  -> Thanks, Bill!

agree  lugoben
1 hr
  -> Thanks, lugoben. Saludos :)

agree  Patricia Fierro, M. Sc.
10 hrs
  -> Many thanks, Patricia :)
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