Grammatical transformations

It is well known that languages differ in their grammatical structure. Apart from having different grammatical categories they differ in the use of those categories that seem to be similar. This naturally results in the necessity to introduce some grammatical changes in the translated version of any text. These changes depend on the character of correlation between the grammatical norms of SL and TL. Various as they are, all the possible changes may be classed under four main types: transpositions (), replacements (), additions (), and omissions ().

1. Transpositions. There may appear a necessity to rearrange elements of different levels: words, phrases, clauses or even sentences. Transposition of words and phrases may be caused by various reasons: differences in the accepted word order in SL and TL, presence or absence of emphasis, differences in the means of communicative syntax.

. Speaking of word order, it would be more accurate to say that to change word order really means to rearrange not so much words but parts of the sentence When translating from English into Russian one has to change word-order because normally it is fixed in English while in Russian it is relatively free: "George has bought some new things for this trip..." (Jerome K.Jerome) - " - ..." or " - ..." or " - ", which depends (in this particular case) on the rhythm of the whole utterance. But such freedom of choice is rather rare, since the word order of the Russian sentence is not as arbitrary as it seems to be. The position of a word in the sentence is often predetermined by its communicative function. In the English sentence "... I realized that a man was behind each one of the books" (R.Bradbury) the rhematic function of the noun "man" is indicated by the indefinite article. In order to make it the rheme of the Russian sentence it is necessary to put it in the final position: "... , ". Another example: "A certain man. was seen to reel into Mr. Twain's hotel last night..." - " , , , ..."

Transposition of clauses is also used to preserve the semantic and communicative balance of the whole sentence: "The sun had got more powerful by the time we had finished breakfast" (Jerome K. Jerome) - " , , ..." If the Russian sentence began with the principal clause (" ...") the logical meaning would be different - the sentence would state the time by which the sun got more powerful, while the real meaning of the sentence is to show what was the state of things by the time they finished their breakfast and had to decide upon further course of action.

Transposition of sentences does not become necessary very often. However, it helps sometimes to render the meaning which is expressed by the Past Perfect form in the English text, so as to indicate the succession of actions or events: "The village of St.Petersburg still mourned. The lost children had not been found" (Mark Twain) - " . - ".

2. Replacements. Replacements are also made at different levels.

A. To conform to the demands of the grammatical system of TL it may become necessary to change the grammatical form of a

word: "fifteen thousand dollars" - " " ("thousand" - singular, "" - plural), "And your hair's so lovely" - " ", etc.

B. They often have to replace one part of speech by another. Most frequent replacements of this type are the following: a) English nouns with the suffix -er denoting the doer of an action are usually replaced by verbs in Russian: "I'm a moderate smoker " (J.D.Salinger) - " ", "When George is hanged Harris will be the worst packer in this world" (Jerome K.Jerome) - " , ". However, if such a noun denotes a person's profession the replacement is not recommended: when Holden Caulfield describes a girl, saying "She looked like a very good dancer" (J.D.Salinger), it should be translated ", ", but the sentence from S.Maugham's "Gigolo and Gigolette" "Stella was a good ballroom dancer", characterizing Stella's professional skill, should be translated " ". English deverbal nouns (usually converted from verbs) may be translated by verbs (especially if they are used in the construction "to give (to have, to make, to take) + N: "to give somebody a lift " - " -". "He gave us all a look " (S.Maugham) - " ", etc. b) They often replace nouns by pronouns and vice versa. In the story "The Broken Boot" by J.Galsworthy Bryce-Green says to Caister: "Haven't seen you since you left the old camp ". "The old camp" is a phrase with an extremely wide and vague meaning, it means "some place we used to be at together and some people we were somehow connected with", so it is quite adequately translated " , ". The pronoun "" here is substituted for the noun "camp" (or, to be more exact, for the nominal phrase "the old camp"). A noun is substituted for a pronoun in the following example: "... and Harris sat on it, and it stuck to him., and they went looking for it all over the room" (Jerome K.Jerome). At first sight it seems possible to translate the sentence as it is: "... , , . ". However, the sentence is "overloaded" with pronouns, the more so because the Russian "" can denote both Harris and the butter. That is why it is necessary to replace some pronouns by nouns to make the situation clear and the sentence more readable: "... , . ., ".

Occasionally some other replacements may become necessary.

However, it must be remembered that the choice of parts of speech influences the general stylistic coloring of the text, cf. " " and "", " " and "", etc. Russian abstract nouns are usually more appropriate in newspapers and official texts, short-form adjectives and passive participles are somewhat bookish and should be avoided if possible when rendering colloquial speech, which means that part of speech replacements may be caused sometimes by purely stylistic considerations.

C. Replacement of parts of the sentence. The most frequent among such replacements is that of substituting an object for the subject and vice versa. It is very helpful in translating English passive constructions. Statistics shows that in English they use passive constructions much more often than in Russian. Moreover, in English these constructions in themselves are not marked stylistically while in Russian they are mainly bookish and official, cf.: " " and " ". The essence of this replacement is in making the subject of the English sentence the object of the Russian version: "She was brought here last night" (Ch.Dickens) - ". ". If the English sentence has an object denoting the doer or the cause of the action, it automatically becomes the subject of the Russian sentence: "The psychiatrist was shocked by the smile (R.Bradbury) - " . ". If the subject of the English sentence denotes some place or time it may be replaced by an adverbial modifier in translation: "Anyway, the corridor was all linoleum and all..." (J.D.Salinger) - " - " (translated by P. -). This transformation is regularly used when the subject of the English sentence is expressed by a noun denoting some message: "the text (the telegram, the letter, etc.) says..." - " ( , . ..) (). Occasionally this transformation is applied to other nouns in the function of the subject.

D. One of the most important syntactic peculiarities of the English language is the existence of secondary predication created by various participial and infinitive constructions. These constructions are included in the structure of simple sentences in English while Russian simple sentences have only one predicative center. This may lead to the necessity of substituting Russian composite sentences for simple sentences of the original text: "I remember a friend of mine buying a couple of cheeses at Liverpool" (Jerome K.Jerome) - " , " (a simple sentence in English and a complex sentence in Russian); "I let the day slip away without doing anything at all" (Mark Twain) - " , " (translated by .) (a simple sentence in English and a compound sentence in Russian).

Sometimes two or more simple sentences may be joined together to form one sentence (simple or composite) in translation; usually they do it for logical, stylistic and rhythmical reasons: "I made my way into the smoking-room. I called for a pack of cards and began to play patience." (S.Maugham) - " , "; "Quite the reverse is the truth in the case of great men. The nearer you go to them, the smaller they seem" (G.Mikes) - " : , ".

On the other hand, English composite sentences with formal, purely grammatical subjects (introductory 'it', 'this', etc.) often correspond to Russian simple sentences: "This was hardly what I intented" (G.B.Shaw) - " "; "It's the natural, original sin that is born in him that makes him do things like that" (Jerome K.Jerome) - " , , ." (translated by .).

A long and syntactically complicated sentence containing secondary predication may be translated by several simple sentences: "A few months ago I was nominated for the Governor of the great State of New York, to run against Mr. Stewart L.Woodford and Mr. John T.Hoffman on an independent ticket (Mark Twain) - " . . .."

E. In some cases it is possible to replace the principal clause by a subordinate clause (and vice versa) if it helps to conform to the logical and stylistic norms of TL: "They put him under laughing-gas one year, poor lad, and drew all his teeth, and gave him a false set, because he suffered so terribly with toothache..."(Jerome K. Jerome) - " , , , , ." His suffering with toothache is here the main thing the author stresses; to show how terrible his sufferings were he says that they had to draw all his teeth; that is why it is but logical to state the main idea in the principal clause, while the clause which is principal in the English sentence becomes subordinate in Russian.

F. A different type of syntactic bond may be used in translation instead of that used in the original text, i.e. subordination may be replaced by coordination and vice versa. Generally speaking, subordination is more frequently used in English than in Russian, since subordinating words in English are rather vague semantically while in Russian they state rather definitely the character of semantic connection between the clauses. The conjunction "while" does not really indicate any temporal connection between the actions in the sentence "Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn carpet" (O'Henry), so it is hardly possible to translate it "... ... Such translation would create a humorous effect which was not intended here by the author. It is much better to introduce co-ordination instead of subordination: " , ."

G. Syndetic connection used in English sentences is not always appropriate in Russian, so it would often create a wrong stylistic effect if preserved in translation. That is why asyndetic connection of parts of the sentence is rather regularly used in Russian instead of the English polysyndeton: "It made them nervous and. excited, and. they stepped on things, and. put things behind them; and. then couldn't find them when they wanted them; and they packed the pies at the bottom, and put heavy things on top, and. smashed the pies in" (Jerome K. Jerome) - " , ; , , , . , " (translated by .).

So, the following types of replacement may be used in order to overcome difficulties created by differences in the grammatical systems of SL and TL: A. Replacement of word-forms ( ). B. Replacement of parts of speech ( ). C. Replacement of parts of the sentence ( ). D. Replacement of a simple sentence by a composite one and vice versa ( ). E. Replacement of the principal clause by a subordinate one and vice versa ( ). F. Replacement of subordination by coordination and vice versa ( ). G. Replacement of syndetic connection by asyndetic and vice versa ( ). Within the fourth type (replacement of a simple sentence by a composite one and vice versa) they also single out two additional varieties: joining several sentences together () and dividing a long sentence into several shorter sentences ().

3. Additions. It is very difficult to say whether this transformation is lexical or grammatical: it is both. Its lexical aspects have already been discussed: it is necessary to make some explanations of transcribed words, describe those notions which have no names in TL, add the words which are implied but not expressed in the structure of attributive phrases, etc. However, in all these cases the structure of the sentence is involved, that is why the transformation is considered to be grammatical. Sometimes there appear grammatical reasons for adding new words: it happens when some meaning is expressed grammatically in the original text while there is no way of expressing it grammatically in TL. E.g. in English they use articles to differentiate between an author and his creation: "... the jewel of his collection - an Israels..." or "... Madame Lamotte, who was still in front of the Meissonier . (J.Galsworthy). In Russian it is necessary to add the word "": "... - ..." and "... , ". Another example: the existence of the special possessive form (George's, Harris's) in English allows to use names in the absolute possessive construction: "Of course, I found George's and Harris's eighteen times over" (Jerome K. Jerome). In Russian the corresponding grammatical form is that of the genitive case, the use of which would create an undesirable ambiguity: "... ". So it is necessary to add the word "" implied in the English sentence: " , , ...". In this way the translated version restores as it were the complete structure of the original sentence some elements of which might be only implied and not expressed materially. When using the transformation of addition one should be very careful to add only that which should really be added. It requires good knowledge of deep structure and surface structure grammars of both SL and TL and ability to analyze semantic and pragmatic aspects of a text.

4. Omissions. This transformation is seldom structurally obligatory, it is usually caused by stylistic considerations and deals with redundancy traditionally normative in SL and not accepted in TL. A typical example of such redundancy is the use of synonymic pairs in English: "..their only stay and support...." (Mark Twain) - both the words mean "", "". There is no need to translate them both, one is quite enough: " " or, according to the demands of the context, ", " (translated in the same way as any one of these words would be translated).

Sometimes it is recommended to omit semantically empty "tags" of declarative and interrogative sentences: "British to the backbone, that's what I am." (S.Maugham) - " !" "I can't leave the room and send myself to you at the same time, can I.?" (G.B.Shaw) " !" They sometimes recommend omitting logical redundancies and repetitions to achieve what is called "compression of the text". However, it must be remembered that logical redundancy of speech and various repetitions are used by writers to characterize the personage's individual manner of speaking, his way of thinking, etc. In such cases omissions are not allowed.


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These are the main types of grammatical transformations. It should be born in mind, however, that in practice it is hardly possible to find these elementary transformations in their "pure form": in most cases it is necessary to combine them.




To translate English grammatical forms and constructions one should not necessarily look for the same forms and constructions in Russian - there may be none. Nevertheless, it is always possible to translate them adequately since it is not the form itself but its meaning and function in the sentence that should be rendered in translation. That is why translation of any such unit should begin with its semantic and functional analysis. It can be illustrated with the problem of rendering the definite and indefinite articles. Unless articles have some special role in the sentence or some additional meaning, they are not translated at all - they are merely omitted. However, there are cases when articles are used to mark the rheme of the sentence. Here again there is no need to translate the article itself: it is necessary to find the proper word order placing the noun which is the rheme of the English sentence in a rhematic position in Russian (most often it is the final position). Sometimes, besides their usual meaning of definiteness or indefiniteness articles have some additional meaning, e.g., the indefinite article used with personal names has the meaning "some, a certain", showing that someone is unknown to the speaker. Such meaning should be rendered by corresponding means of the Russian language: "a Mrs. Smith" " , - ". The indefinite article may also coincide in its meaning either with the pronoun "one" ("I remember a friend of mine buying a couple of cheeses" - " , ...") or with the numeral "one" (" a stitch in time saves nine" - " , ..."). There are many more meanings which the article may combine with its main grammatical function ("New English-Russian Dictionary" edited by I.R.Galperin lists 11 meanings of the indefinite article and 9 meanings of the article "the"). In this respect translation of articles does not differ from translation of other words - first its meaning should be analyzed and then a proper word of TL can be chosen.

The same is true of prepositions and conjunctions. It is most important to remember that even such a "simple" conjunction as "and" has at least 10 different meanings; in different contexts it may correspond to the Russian "" ("John and Mary"), "a" ("they stayed at home, and we left" - " , "),"" ("And you did it?" -" ?"), etc.

Speaking of conjunctions, it should also be mentioned that besides their main function (connecting and introducing different clauses and parts of the sentence) they enter idiomatic constructions the meaning of which cannot be guessed: it should be known or looked up in the dictionary ("She is sixty if (she is) a day" - " " " " "if anything" - " , , ").

One and the same preposition is also translated differently in different constructions and contexts (see 17 meanings of the preposition "on", the same number of meanings of the preposition "of", etc.).

As for the so-called notional parts of speech, they may differ in SL and TL in the set of syntactic functions that they fulfil in the sentence. That is why translation should always be based on a thorough syntactic analysis since it is not the grammatical form itself but rather its function in the sentence that predetermines the way of translation. For example, before translating an infinitive it is necessary to state its role in the sentence - to see if it functions as a subject, object, attribute, or adverbial modifier, etc. If it is an adverbial modifier, it is essential to see its type - an adverbial modifier of purpose, of result, of attendant circumstances, etc. After this functional and semantic analysis it is possible to render the infinitive into Russian using any part of speech in the corresponding function (or changing the structure of the sentence in order to express the same idea according to the norms of TL).

It is impossible to warn a beginner against all possible difficulties. However, it seems reasonable to point out some English constructions that are most likely to cause trouble.

Most frequent among them are the so-called absolute constructions. There are two main difficulties in dealing with them: first of all they are not always easy to recognize and besides they do not correspond to any particular construction of the Russian language. Based on secondary predication, these constructions usually express some additional thought, something that happens in connection with the main action, but still "outside" it. Unlike subordinate clauses, absolute constructions are characterized by rather a vague semantic connection with the main body of the sentence. It is often hard to say if the construction indicates time or cause of the main action - it may indicate them indiscriminately. As a rule, constructions coming before the main body of the sentence have temporal, or causal, or conditional meaning; constructions coming after the main body express some attendant circumstances or serve as an adverbial modifier of manner.

They usually single out four structural types of absolute constructions:[2] 1) nominative participial constructions - "... I got them to be quiet, when - enter Admiral Ass, in full regalia, epaulettes quivering with indignation." (Bel Kaufman); 2) nominative constructions without a participle - "And, chin on hand., he stared through his monocle into an empty cup" (J.Galsworthy); 3) participial constructions without the subject - "Being liable himself to similar unlooked-for checks from Mrs. Chick., their little contests usually possessed a character of uncertainty that was very animating" (Ch.Dickens); 4) absolute constructions with the preposition "with" - "With renewed handshaking and messages to be delivered to Miss Lawson., we at last made our exit." (A.Christie). Knowing these structural types, it is easier to identify such a construction and differentiate it from expanded secondary parts of the sentence.

There are four possibilities in translating absolute constructions, though they do not directly correspond to the four types of constructions themselves.

1. If the type of semantic connection between the absolute construction and the main body of the sentence is more or less definite, a subordinate clause may be used in translation: "... those things having been invariably found on Mr. Twain's person... they felt compelled to give him a friendly admonition." (Mark Twain) - "... ,... ."

2. However, it is not always possible to choose the proper type of the subordinate clause: "Bessie and Abbot having retreated, Mrs Reed... thrust me back and locked me in, without further parley" (Ch.Bronte). Really, did she do it after Bessie and Abbot retreated or because they retreated? Evidently, both after and because she got rid of those women who were less cruel than she was. In Russian such an indiscriminate way of expressing time and cause in one subordinate clause is impossible, so other ways should be sought. The best way to combine these meanings is to use an adverbial-participial construction ( ): " , , ".

3. Being very close functionally to English absolute constructions, Russian adverbial-participial constructions are more limited in usage, since the action indicated by them should always be performed by the subject of the sentence, which is not necessarily the case with English absolute constructions. If neither a subordinate clause nor an adverbial-participial construction can be chosen for translation, an absolute construction can be rendered by a separate sentence or an independent clause joint by co-ordination: "Miss Arundell walked home, Bob trotting sedately at her heels" (A.Christie) - " , .".

4. Finally, an absolute construction can be translated with the help of a Russian prepositional phrase with the preposition "c": "Coffee-cup in hand, Mr Scogan was standing in front of the... bookshelf" (A.Huxley) - " ... ." It should be noted, however, that such phrases are practically never employed to translate English absolute constructions with the preposition "with". There are some other English constructions that are rather difficult: not so much for translation but for understanding (as soon as they are understood correctly they are translated according to the principles already discussed). First of all they are the so-called causative constructions having the general meaning of making somebody do something or causing some action, effect, etc. It is necessary to remember that besides the typical causative constructions with the verbs "to make", "to force", "to cause" and constructions with the verbs "to have and "to get" ("to have somebody do something", "to get somebody to do something", "to have, get something done"), there exists another way of expressing this meaning:


Verb + smb + into + smth (or doing smth),

out of

as in "to talk somebody into (out of) something" - " () - -", "to laugh somebody out of a habit" - " - , ", e.g. "Managed herself to death, damn her." (J.Collier) - " , ." The first verb in such constructions usually denotes the way, the manner in which some effect or action was caused.

Another type of constructions causing misunderstanding, comes close to comparative constructions: "as... as ever", "as... as any (or anything)", "as much as doing something", etc. These constructions do not contain any real comparison. The phrases "as... as ever (any, anything)" denote the superlative degree of some quality or high intensity of some feeling or state: "it's as simple as anything" - " ". "He will be as peeved as anything" - " ", etc. The phrases "not (or never) as much as doing something", "no more than", "much less" are used as emphatic means of expressing the idea that somebody cannot or does not want to do something, or never happened to do it.

Close to those pseudo-comparative constructions come phrases with the word "too", "cannot + be + too + Adj." or "cannot + Verb + too + Adv.". They are synonymous to the phrases "to be very + Adj." and "to do (smth) very + Adv": "One cannot be too careful" - " ".

Generally speaking, translation of specifically English grammatical constructions consists of two stages: first it is necessary to understand their meaning and then find a corresponding way of expressing it in Russian. For the purpose of translation, grammar does not exist separately. It is not the grammatical form but the grammatical meaning that is of primary concern for a translator or an interpreter. A mistake in grammar (whether it is a misunderstood construction of SL or a wrong variant in TL) always tells on the sense and logic of the text. As soon as the sense and logic of a sentence stop to be transparent it is necessary to stop and look for a mistake in the translation.


Exercise 1. Translate the following, paying attention to the meanings of the verb to MAKE. How does the context influence the choice of a variant?

1. Youre making a big mistake, Mrs. Grey. (B.P.)

2. I always make a cup of tea last thing. She drinks it in bed (K.M.)

3. It made me feel worse than ever. (K.M.)

4. They were made for each other. (O.R.D.)

5. "I'm not going to make any speech," the Boss said. (R.P.W.)

6. Clutterbuck's father makes all the beer round here. (E.W.)

7. "And flags, Diana. There should be flags left over from last time."

"I made them into dusters," said Dingy... (E.W.)

8. Presently, the door opened again, and two more boys looked in. They stood and giggled for a time and then made off. (E.W.)

9. "Me, a butler," said Philbrick," made to put up tents like a blinking Arab." "Well, it's a change," said Paul."It's a change for me to be a butler," said Philbrick."I wasn't made to be anyone's servant." (E.W.)

10. As if to make their appeal the more imperative, the following appeared in one of the papers the very next day... (M.T.)

11. The clerk makes for the door, whistling the latest popular love ballad. (B.Sh.)



Exercise 2. Translate the following, paying attention to the meanings of the verbs to GET, to WANT. How does the context influence the choice of a variant?

1. You can always get money. (B.P.)

2. How did you get into my apartment? (R.L.)

3. "Is it quite easy to get another job after after you've been in the soup?" asked Paul. Not at first, it isn't, but there're ways". (E.W.)

4. "So he sat down there and wrote me a letter of recommendation... I've got it still." (E.W.)

5. By this time anonymous letters were getting to be an important part of my mail matter. (M.T.)

6.."I've got to help the gardeners..." (E.W.)

7. All this was a great deal easier than Paul had expected; it didn't seem so very hard to get on with the boys, after all. (E.W.)

8. "Florence, will you get on to the Clutterbucks on the telephone and ask them to come over..." (E.W.)

9. [Mary doesnt feel well in the morning. Her husband is trying to comfort her] Ill get you somethingStay down. I cant. Ive got to get the children to school After a moment she said, Ethan, I dont think I can get up. I feel too bad. (J.S.)

Exercise 3. Translate the following, paying attention to the underlined words. How does the context influence the choice of a variant?

1. The river is getting low and will soon dry up. (L.D.)

2. They were still talking in low voices. (J.F.)

3. The coals getting low, we must order some more. (L.D.)

4. Youve changed such a lot since I last saw you. (L.D.)

5. He [David] was glad he had finally decided to dress up a little - the jeans suit, a shirt and scarf - when he went downstairs...He [the old painter] too had changed: a pale summer coat, a white shirt, a purple bow tie. (J.F.)

6. I somehow felt that I had one prominent advantage over these gentlemen and that was - good character. (M.T.)

7.... what sort of characters Messrs. Woodford and Hoffman

8. are... (M.T.)

9. A salary of four pounds a week would not, he was conscious, remake his fortunes... (J.G.)

10. He walked on, and became conscious that he had passed a face he knew. (J.G.)

11. Jack held out his hands for the conch and stood up, holding the delicate thing carefully in his sooty hands. (W.G.)

12. "... I couldn't stand him, personally..." (J.F.)


Exercise 4. Give Russian equivalents for the following proper names. Explain your choice.

King Charles I Charles Dickens

King George III George Osborne

King James I James Watt

Queen Mary Mary Barton

Queen Elisabeth Elisabeth Gaskell

St Paul's Cathedral Paul Dombey

Exercise 5. Transcribe and transliterate the following names. Which of the variants is accepted in Russian?

Evelyn Waugh, Somerset Maugham, Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, George Byron, William Thackeray.

Exercise 6. Give equivalents for the following geographical names. What means did you use to render them into Russian? London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Connecticut, Kentucky, Hollywood, Hereford, Hertford, Liverpool, the Mersey, New York, New England, Great Slave Lake, Great Bear Lake, Cape of Good Hope, the Rocky Mts, the Lake District

Exercise 7. Translate, paying attention to elements having no equivalents in Russian. By what means do you render them?

1. AUGUSTUS. What! Must you go?

THE LADY. You are so busy.

AUGUSTUS. Yes: but not before lunch., you know. I

never can do much before lunch. And I'm no good at all

in the afternoon. From five to six is my real working


2. Im going to build a cottage for myself up at Red HillI might even stay there part time in the winter and commute to work. Thats a long commute, Dan observed doubtfully. (B.P.)

3. Then Henry suddenly asked if we'd like to stay to lunch. (J.F.)

4. I am now more than glad that I did not pass into the grammar school five years ago, although it was a disappointment at the time. (M.S.)

5. He was one of those boys who thinks he knows it all. Public school and all that... (J.F.)

6.... starlets were especially attracted to him because of his seriousness. (M.S.)

7.... it's out of the question to shoot an old Harrovian.. (E.W.)

8. I got a pardon straight from the White House. (R.Ch.)

9. After this, this journal customarily spoke of me as "Twain, the Montana Thief." (M.T.)

10.... the flight was delayed for half an hour. There was fog at Heathrow. (J.F.)

11. Philbrick, evidently regarding himself as one of the guests, was engaged in a heated discussion on greyhound racing with Sam Clutterbuck. (E.W.)

12. "In there. Thats the Common Room." (E.W.)

13. Lord Augustus Highcastle... is comfortably seated at a writing-table with his heels on it, reading The Morning Post. (B.Sh.)

14. One August bank holiday in the late nineties they travelled fifty miles to compete in a town where prizes of solid cash were to be given... (A.C.)


Exercise 8. Analyze the semantic structure of the given attributive phrases. Translate the sentences.

1. Yet that stern-eyed woman had been so sure. (B.P.)

2. I'm a metallurgical chemist turned civil engineer. (B.Sh.)

3.... he will keep the telephone numbers straight...(R.P.W.)

4. "In other words they're Medical Students, I suppose?" said Mr Pickwick. (Ch.D.)

5. "The paper publishes my endorsement of Callahan for the Senate nomination...." (R.P.W.)

6. A slight weak woman in a pretty muslin print gown (her best)[3] (B.Sh.)

7. She gave me a sharp sidelong look from her furtive eyes. (R.Ch.)

8. Annabel got her good start. (M.S.)

9.... the men who lived on the first floor usually had first grab at the books... (J.D.S.)

10. Paul sat down disconsolately on the straight chair.(E.W.)

11. He stood at the end of a long room with his back to a rococo marble chimneypiece. (E.W.)

12. "Boys," he [Dr Fagan] said, "I have some announcements to make. The Fagan cross-country running challenge cup will not be competed for this year on account of the floods." (E.W.)

13. He was seated on a folding wooden chair at a small, messy-looking writing table, with a paper-back overseas novel open before him... (J.D.S.)

14. DOYLE. Man alive, don't you know that all this... more-power-to-your-elbow business is got up in England, to fool you... (B.Sh.)

15. Clay left his feet where they were [on his friend's bed] for a few don't-tell-me-where-to-put-my-feet seconds., then swung them to the floor and sat up. (J.D.S.)



Exercise 9. What is the nature of the phraseological units in the sentences below? Translate the sentences.

1. We have taken all the precautions we can against the painting being stolen. (L.D.)

2. We must take steps to help the families of those who were hurt. (L.D.)

3. The new truck meets our needs. (L.A.D.)

4. You only want to sell the land Thats the long and short of it, Ian. (B.P.)

5. "Hello, Prendy,... How are things with you?"(E.W.)

6. I told her that I'd never written a story for anybody, but that it seemed like exactly the right time to get down to it. (J.D.S.)

7. She let go Charlie's sleeve. (J.D.S.)

8. " Dear me, you seem to think about killing a good deal." "I do. It's my mission, you see. " (E.W.)

9. "Old boy," said Grimes, "you're in love." "Nonsense.

A sweet despair?"...

" Nothing of the sort . (E.W.)

10. This new book will be of interest to policemen and prison officers; and, for that matter, to anyone who has to deal with criminals. (L.D.)

Exercise 10. Define the nature of the following phraseological units. Translate them

a) preserving the imagery of the original

1. I wash my hands of this job. (B.Sh.)

2. To kill time before the train left, we went to a movie. (W.Foster-Koonin)

3. My uncle Henry... was on these occasions in the habit of saying that the devil could always quote scripture to his purpose (W.S.M.)

4.... I don't care what you say about my race, creed, or religion,... but don't tell me I'm not sensitive to beauty. That's my Achilles' heel, and don't you forget it. (J.D.S.)

5. "Money, John," said Mr Pecksniff, "is the root of all evil." (Ch.D.)

6. One swallow does not make a spring.

7. to shed crocodile tears.

b) changing the imagery of the original partially

1. Thats past. Theres no use looking back. Its water over the dam. (B.P.)

2. Well, you leave and learn, dont you. (B.P.)

3. Others will say... that you have lied and fawned and wormed yourself through dirty ways into my favour. (Ch.D.)

4. Old friends and old wine are the best.

5. a wolf in sheep's clothing.

6. as like as two peas.

7. dumb as an oyster.

c) changing the imagery of the original completely

1. Listen, Clive, she said, youre making a mounting out of a molehill. (B.P.)

2. As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.

3. He would not set the Thames on fire.

4. Queen Ann is dead.

5. Never cackle till your egg is laid.

6. One fire drives out the other.

7. to make a mountain out of a molehill

8. have all one's eggs in one basket

9. like a cat on hot bricks

10. early to bed and early to rise


d) leaving the imagery out of the translation


1. He had a sweet tooth that, because he was in fine shape, he could afford to indulge. (B.P.)

2. Mrs. Grey, I have no crystal ball. (B.P.)

3. She wanted to talk my head off about it, but I wouldnt let her. (B.P.)

4. ["You dont want it to come into Court?" "No, though I suppose it might be rather fun. [Mr Settlewhite smiled again.] "That entirely depends on how many skeletons you have in your cupboard." (J.G.)

5. PROTEUS. How did you get on with the King?

6. BOANERGES. Right as rain, Joe. (B.Sh.)

7..to have too many irons in the fire.

8. to have other fish to fry.

9. to make fish of one and flesh of another.

10. Many happy returns of the day!

11. the three R's

Exercise 11. Define the nature of the phraseological units in the sentences below. Translate the sentences. What means do you employ?

1. "Now your predecessor was a thoroughly agreeable young man... But he used to wake up my daughters coming on his motor bicycle at all hours of the night. He used to borrow money from the boys too,... and the parents objected. I had to get rid of him. (E.W.)

2. "You have never done a single thing in all your life to be ashamed of - not one. Look at the newspapers... and comprehend what sort of characters Messrs Woodford and Hoffman are and then see if you are willing to lower yourself to their level and enter a public canvass with them." (M.T.)

3. And yet I can lay my hand on the Book and say that I never slandered Governor Hoffman's grandfather. (M.T.)

4. He's been looking awfully down in the mouth lately. (E.W.)

5. "Why are you so reluctant to reveal sources?" The question visibly pleased the old man; as if David had fallen into a trap. (J.F.)

6. So one moment you turn up your nose at a heart of gold. (J.F.)

7. The discussion was resumed in Welsh, but it was clear that the stationmaster was slowly giving way. (E.W.)

8. I don't know how to give up. That's my trouble. I always have to stick things out to the bitter end. (J.F.)

9. I went back to town and left the candidate to his own devices. (R.P.W.)

10. It is a very ill wind that blows nobody any good. (Ch.D.)

11. "You gave up college..." "It was totally against my nature. You've no idea. Trying to prove I wasn't what I am. And anyway, it was only out of the frying pan. I'm even worse now than I was before." (J.F.)

12. Happily enough, it did not rain next day, and after morning school everybody was dressed up to the nines. (E.W.)

13. "He lived for his art, he said. He just moved into a bigger house and went on writing away fifteen to the dozen." (E.W.)

14. "I'm engaged to be married to Flossie... We haven't told the old boy [the girl's father] yet. I'm waiting till I land in the soup again. Then I shall play that as my last card." (E.W.)

15. "You see Philbrick is really sir Solomon Philbrick, the shipowner."

"The novelist, you mean," said Grimes.

"The retired burglar," said Paul.

The three masters looked at each other.

"Old boys, it seems to me someone's been pulling our legs." (E.W.)

16. Mr Philbrick, senior,... had two kids: Philbrick and a daughter called Gracie. From the start Philbrick was the apple of the old chap's eye, while he couldn't stick Miss Gracie at any price. (E.W.)


Exercise 12. Translate the following, employing concretization of the underlined elements.

1. In a corner were some golf clubs, a walking stick, an umbrella, and two miniature rifles. Over the chimneypiece was a green baize notice-board covered with lists; there was a typewriter on the table. In a bookcase were a number of very old textbooks and some new exercise-books. There were also a bicycle pump, two armchairs, a straight chair, half a bottle of invalid port, a boxing glove, a bowler hat, yesterday's "Daily News" and a packet of pipe-cleaners. (E.W.)

2. Do you know, Ive never been in a boat before in all my life. (K.G.)

3. Let this be a lesson to you. (B.P.)

4. Sally was extremely uncomfortable. (B.P.)

5.... an opera singer tells of the persecution she currently endures at the hands of the tenor's wife...(M.S.)

6. The baby, Carl, was the only reality of her life.(M.S.)

7. I'm going to Ireland. (B.Sh.)

8. She took a drag of the coffee and then a deep drag of the cigarette. (R.P.W.)

9. Im a photographer. I do celebrities and authors for book jackets, stuff like this. (B.P.)

10. Sighing, Dan took the phone. (B.P.)

11. I want to get married.(P.G.W.)


Exercise 13. Translate the sentences employing generalization.

1. When they had gone, she was left with a well-remembered dread from her school and college years. Had she passed the finals? (B.P.)

2. He wants his dinner. (B.P.)

3. The Boss was already sitting in the front by the driver's seat when I got to the Cadillac. (R.P.W.)

4. Jack sat up and stretched out his legs. (W.G.)

5. Three long years had passed over my head since I had tasted ale, beer, wine, or liquor of any kind. (M.T.)

6. Paul did not have to travel alone. Potts was at Croydon, enveloped in an ulster and carrying in his hand a little attaché case (E.W.)

7.... a waiter advanced staggering under the weight of an ice-pail from which emerged a Jeroboam of champagne.(E.W.)

8. Close to the window... James..., like the bulky Swithin, over six feet in height, but lean, - brooded over the scene with his permanent stoop. (J.G.)

9. But Christmas with no children about - he still remembered the holly and snapdragons of Park Lane in his own childhood - the family parties;... (J.G.)

10. "What'll you have now - cheese?" "Thank you, sir; I've had too much already, but I won't say 'No'" "Two Stiltons," said Michael. (J.G.)



Exercise 14. Translate the following sentences employing semantic development.

1. Does it make any difference? It always makes a difference. (I.Sh.)

2. Daddy and I are going out to dinner. Its Uncle Olivers birthday. You is always going out. No, honey. We havent been out all week. (B.P.)

3. Thats your opinion, not mine. (B.P.)

4. Has Tina told you anything? Not directly, in so many words.(B.P.)

5. Dan, listen - youd like to stop progress, but it cant be

done. Set your mind on the twenty-first century. Gloom

settled on Dans face. My minds already on it. (B.P.)

6. "Are your shoes all right.? The dew's so heavy now." (J.F.)

7. Between the towns the roads were comparatively empty, he was making ample time. (J.F.)

8. He searched for writing paper, but there wasn't any in the room, it wasn't that kind of hotel, an endless one-nighter. (J.F.)

9. Off the screen Annabel Christopher looked a puny little thing. (M.S.)

10. "Oh, dear, oh, dear. I can see that things are going to be very difficult." (E.W.)

11. Then a second later a little bald-headed fellow, wearing a white coat which ought to have been in the week's wash came plunging through the crowd... (R.P.W.)

12. What did she want? (B.P.)

13. The telephone rang. Answer it. Im not home. (B.P.)

14. What makes you think that? (B.P.)

15. His luck was with him. (B.P.)

16. Ah, dont be stupid. Men always like to think women are

stupid. (B.P.)

17. I suppose the funeral will be a big event. (B.P.)

18. You see hes a new person, dont you? (B.P.)

19. Clive made no comments. (B.P.)

20. We dont like to intrude on a day like this, Mrs. Grey. (B.P.)

21.... the trees gave way to sunlight and a grassy orchard(J.F.)

22. He throws it [the bullet][4] on the table; the noise it makes

testifies to its weight. (B.Sh.)

23. The tide was low and there was a strip of weedstrewn beach

that was almost as firm as a road." (W.G.)


Exercise 15. Employ antonymic translation.

1. I dont suppose you are in any hurry to get back? (B.P.)

2. I cannot forget the smallest detail of that room. (B.P.)

3. You have to remember that this was in the sixties. (B.P.)

4. It wasnt a pretty story, was it? No, not pretty. (B.P.)

5. I dont suppose you were too fond of him. (B.P.)

6. Are you sure youre feeling all right, Sally? Meaning Am I sane? Yes, Im quite, quite sane, Oliver. (B.P.)

7. He tried to be off-hand and not too obviously uninterested. (W.G.)

8. Honey, a thin, not unattractive Negro girl of twenty, enters the living room with the morning paper. (G.&d'U)

9. "I didn't come here to make any speech... And I didn't come here to ask you to give me anything, not even a vote." (R.P.W.)

10. He wished Beth [his wife] were there... (J.F.)

11. I don't think he knew what he was saying. (G.G.)

12.... the wretched plane didn't land till after seven. (J.F.)

13. "There's nothing wrong with your eyes. Off you go." (M.S.)

14. I wish the doctor hadn't gone. (B.Sh.)

15. It wasn't long before I heard the pacing start. (R.P.W.)

16. Paul had very little difficulty in finding the dining-

hall. (E.W.)


Exercise 16. Compensate for the underlined elements in translation.

1. " How's your boy?" the Boss asked. "Ain't been so good.," Old Leather-Face allowed. "Sick?" "Naw", Old Leather-Face allowed, "jail." (R.P.W.)

2. There is things which you have done which is unbeknowens to anybody but me. You better trot out a few dols, to yours truly, or you'll hear through the papers from HANDY ANDY. (M.T.)

3. AUGUSTUS. I came here to promise the Mayor a knighthood for his exertions.

THE CLERK. The Mayor! Where do I come in?

AUGUSTUS. You don't come in. You go out. (B.Sh.)

4. Mr Prendergast made a little joke about soles and souls. (E.W.)

5. My daddy's coming tomorrow on a nairiplane. (J.D.S.)

6. Ive noticed he dont - doesnt - talk that way. He has nice manners. (B.P.)

7. What else had you to learn? Well, there wasMystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography (L.C.)

8. he taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils. What was that like? Well, I cant show it you, myself, the Mock Turtle said: Im too stiff. (L.C.)

9. different branches of Arithmetic Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. I never heard of Uglification, Alice ventured to say. What is it? The Gryphon lifted up both its paws in surprise. Never heard of uglifying! he exclaimed. You know what to beautify is, I suppose. Dont you? Yes, said Alice, doubtfully: it means to make anything prettier. Well then, the Gryphon went on, if you dont know what to uglify is, you are a simpleton.(L.C.)



Exercise 17. Translate, employing transposition of whatever elements it is necessary or desirable.

1. Dawn was already rising at the window. (B.P.)

2. A great storm was predicted for tomorrow. (B.P.)

3. There was sweat on his forehead, and his knees buckled. (B.P.)

4. I should have phoned ahead. (B.P.)

5. Ive been using it [perfume] for the last two years at least. (B.P.)

6. There were few wedding presents. (E.W.)

7. A line of stiff yellowish half-washed clothes jittered on a rusty wire in the side yard. (R.Ch.)

8. A stout elderly woman dressed in a tweed coat and skirt and a jaunty Tyrolean hat advanced to the Doctor. (E.W.)

9. A child had appeared among the palms, about a hundred yards along the beach. (W.G.)

10. Presently there was a knock at the door, and a small boy

came in. (E.W.)

11. The poet's lips moved as he read... (M.S.)

12. Breasley... came in from the garden, as David stood at the foot of the stairs uncertain of where breakfast took place. (J.F.)

13. Billy lifted it [the script] and started to read it, standing by the refrigerator, while she fried his eggs and bacon. (M.S.)

14. The environment was comparatively new to him, he had

never acted in films. (M.S.)

15. He didn't seem to notice my silence, he was so wrapped up in his own. (R.P.W.)

16. He wasn't a film actor, really, Annable said. (M.S.)

17. My grandmother said, after she had sighed, "It's time you had your eyes tested." (M.S.)


Exercise 18. Translate the following sentences using the transformation of replacement at the lrvel of

a) parts of speech:

1. Dr Fagan gave a long sigh. (E.W.)

2. Mr Simmonds saw me out at the front door and gave me a pleading unhappy look. (M.S.)

3. "Oh, Grimes, said Mr Prendergast, and he blushed warmly and gave a little giggle. (E.W.)

4. David forced a smile. (J.F.)

5. He became a quarreller, but not with her. (M.S.)

6. I had just managed to get down the last spoonful of chocolate ice cream,... when the Boss, who was a powerful and systematic eater... said,... (R.P.W.)

7. Talking cheerfully, the party crossed the hall and went down the steps. (E.W.)

8. You are a sentimentalist. (B.P.)

9. She is a fast learner. (B.P.)

b) parts of the sentence:

1. I was just reminiscing, seeing the carousel on the shelf. And that made you sad? But I am not sad. Really. Truly. (B.P.)

2. I even wrote letters to him, asking for help for her... But they didn't get any answer. (R.Ch.)

3. She was pleased with the apartment. (B.P.)

4. So Ian and I have something in common. (B.P.)

5. Whats your name? Ian. Its a queer name. How do you spell it? (B.P.)

6. Can you understand that? (B.P.)

7. The August day was miserably humid; one felt it even in the air-conditioned room. (B.P.)

8. I love your dress. (B.P.)

9. He had nothing to say. (B.P.)

10. I know he was shocked by the marriage, Im sure you all were, but thats no reason to be like this. (B.P.)

11. But tomorrow was hours away. (B.P.)

12. Was it a break-in, a robbery? I dont think so. Nothing was taken. (B.P.)

13. The den was warm, as a den should be. (B.P.)

14. But thats only to be expected. (B.P.)

15. Later that week, Ian received a telephone call at the office from his father. (B.P.)


c) syntactic type of the sentence:


1. He saw them look at him... (G.G.)

2. "Dingy wants you to help her in there," he said firmly. (E.W.)

3. Then came the charge of poisoning my uncle to get his property... (M.T.)

4. I heard her fumbling steps going into the back part of the house. (R.Ch.)

5. It was the sound of something being pushed into the front door mail slot. (R.Ch.)

6. He thought of her as doing something far different from anything he wanted to do. She always agreed with him in this, being uncertain anyway, what he meant. (M.S.)

7. No one came to his aid, for there was no aid, nor anything to be done except to watch him cough, speed from the room, and return still purple-faced, but calmed. (B.P.)

8. I remember her saying something about that a while ago. (B.P.)

9. For a minute or two, she watched his car go down the driveway and pass out of sight. (B.P.)

10. I want to see you happy. (B.P.)

11. You claim to be a religious man. (B.P.)



Exercise 19. Translate the sentences making all necessary additions.

1. Clive was hardly a man to pay much attention to womens jewelry(B.P.)

2. The neighbors are very friendly. (B.P.)

3. He wants a few days before Christmas up at Red Hill, did you know? (B.P.)

4. Then the loneliness overwhelmed her(B.P.)

5. ['Margot, darling, beloved, please, will you marry me?'... 'Well, that's rather what I've been wanting to discuss with you all day'] 'Does that mean that possibly you might, Margot?' (E.W.)

6. "I don't want to hear about your affairs, you must manage them yourself." "Very well," said Soames immovably, "I will." (J.G.)

7. "Well, if you are all ready," said Irene, looking from one to the other with a strange smile, "dinner is too." (J.G.)

8. Dinner began in silence, the women facing one another, and the men. (J.G.)

9. Cutlets were handed, each pink-frilled about the legs. (J.G.)

10. June... sat silent, with her face to the breeze. (J.G.)

11. She was upset. Something was therefore very wrong. Odd! She and Irene had been such friends. (J.G.)

12. She looked up at "the Goya" hanging opposite. (J.G.)


Exercise 20. What elements in the offered sentences want omission in translation? Translate the sentences.

1. What difference does it make? (B.P.)

2. How can you even think of such a thing? (B.P.)

3. Listen to me. (B.P.)

4. Youre a sweet person, Roxanne. (B.P.)

5. It was a dreadful thing that she had just said. (B.P.)

6. So dont be too upset. Ill try not to be (B.P.)

7. He had no enemies, I suppose. Not Oliver Grey, oh no. (B.P.)

8. If its not one problem, its another, she said No its not, Sally. You solve one thing and go on to the next. (B.P.)

9. Wait, let me tie my shoes, will you? (B.P.)

10. Ive baked a batch of chocolate brownies. (B.P.)

11. 'Do you really and truly think so?' (E.W.)

12. "Oh, one other thing. Not a word to the boys, please, about the reasons for your leaving Oxford." (E.W.)

13. "... and do you think it would be a good thing to buy Mr Prendergast a new tie?..." "No," said Dingy with finality, "that is going too far. Flowers and fireworks are one thing, but I insist on drawing a line somewhere." (E.W.)

14. "... She's also the one person Henry never but never loses temper with." (J.F.)

15. "Well, have you ever known a butler with a diamond tie-pin?" "No, I don't think I have". "Well, Philbrick's got one, and a diamond ring too... Colossal great diamonds..." (E.W.)

16. 'Hallo, you two!' he said. (E.W.)


Exercise 21. Translate sentences containing verbs in the Passive Voice. Explain your choice of a variant.

1. My grandmother was sentenced to Alaska for witchcraft. (J.S.)

2. The Belle-Adair burned to the water-line, sir She was insured. Of course she was. Well, I wasnt.(J.S.)

3. It [the lawn] was protected from the North by a high wall. (E.W.)

4. I was sent to have my eyes tested. (M.S.)

5. I was sent for to try on my new reading glasses. (M.S.)

6. Paul was awakened next morning by a loud bang on his door... (E.W.)

7. He knocked at the gate, was admitted, put away his bicycle, and diffidently, as always, made his way... towards his room. (E.W.)

8. The smoke was being fanned away from his face by his hand. (R.Ch.)

9. Malvern went through the doors... then past a row of small desks at which typewriters were being banged. (R.Ch.)

10. His clothes looked as if they had cost a great deal of money and had been slept in. (R.Ch.)

11. I said, "The bottle may have been tampered with, have you thought of that?" (M.S.)

Exercise 22. Translate, paying attention to the gerund. Explain your choice of a variant.

1. But, there, thinkings no good to anyone is it, madam? Thinking wont help. (K.M.)

2. By money, Mary means new curtains and sure education for the k


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