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1 month ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

General

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

sa première fonction, toute théorique

Context:

C’est à partir du début d’octobre 1940 que l’Einsatzstab Rosenberg joue un rôle capital dans le déroulement des opérations hitlériennes en pays occupés. Sa première fonction, toute théo- rique d’ailleurs, consistait à trouver et à saisir la documentation politique et le matériel culturel qui pouvaient être utilisés par le Parti contre ses ennemis déclarés : le Juif et le franc-maçon.

Do you think it would be better to refer to it as a "conjectural", "speculative", or "putative task"? Thanks

 

 

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1 month ago

MatthewHallisy  See my profile wrote:

completely expected for that matter

My comment:

This sentence seems to serve to describe more in detail what he did. In the first sentence, it describes his official role in the government. In this sentence, it describes what he was tasked to do while there.

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1 month ago

plaisirsdelavie  See my profile wrote:

He was theoretically commissioned (mainly) to find out and seize...

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1 month ago

plaisirsdelavie  See profile wrote:

Another possibility: "He was basically commissioned (in theory actually) to ..." Basically is a better translation of "primaire".

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1 month ago

English -French - English  See my profile wrote:

quite theoretical

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It was from the beginning of October 1940 that Einsatzstab Rosenberg played a major role in the conduct of Hitler's operations in occupied countries. Its first function, quite theoretical, was to find and seize political documentation and cultural material which could be used by the Party against its declared enemies: the Jew and the Freemason.

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1 month ago

CMD  See my profile wrote:

its first mission - a speculative (and fictitious) task - was to find and seize

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IMO "speculative" : for, initially, they "greed" for evidences in order to justify all actions and measures - evidences that they thought could have been found quickly and easily

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1 month ago

martynback  See my profile wrote:

His primary role (on paper at least) was to…

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If you say “on paper at least” it means that that was theoretically his main role but that in practice it wasn’t what he actually did

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1 month ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

Its not his!

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