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Postby mechakucha » Thu 09.01.2005 7:59 pm

Hi...I'm a new member here and I'm glad I found this site. I hope I didnt post this question in the wrong section.

I have a translation problem here which I hope someone can help me with.

Sentence1: Let me see. I would like to go to a place with a hot spring that's not too far away, for example Hokane or Izu.
The textbook that I have gave the answer as this:
そうですね。温泉があって、あまり遠くない所、たとえば、箱根や伊豆へ行きたいですね。

I'm a confused here, as I interpret the sentence from the textbook as:
Sentence2: Let me see. I want to go a place where it's not too far away because there's a hot spring, for example Hokane or Izu.

Would it be correct if I translate Sentence 1 as this instead:
そうですね。あまり遠くない温泉がある所、たとえば、箱根や伊豆へ行きたいと思います。

I really hope someone can help me clarify this confusion that I have here. And thanks a lot in advance.:D
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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby Gaijinian » Thu 09.01.2005 8:49 pm

最初の方は最も自然的だ(と思います)が、両方の意味は同じですよ。B)
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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby mechakucha » Thu 09.01.2005 9:34 pm

So both the textbook translation and my translation are the same?
Can u please tell me how to interpret the first sentence please?
温泉があって、あまり遠くない所、たとえば、箱根や伊豆へ行きたいですね
My impression is what comes after the "って" expression here , gives an explanation of the previous clause.
So, "温泉があって、あまり遠くない所" is sort of "A place not too far away, because there's a hotspring". That's what I think.
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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby Spaztick » Thu 09.01.2005 10:19 pm

The atte i think is pretty much how you interpreted it, although it's somewhat harder to translate the difference (which could be minor or major depending on how you look at it) into English, but it's basically a way to say "because a hot spring exists," but it's not quite the same as saying" ...ga aru kara,..."

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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby mechakucha » Thu 09.01.2005 11:34 pm

Thanks, Spaztick. That clear up my doubts a bit. I guess these two sentences: "A place that's not too far away because a hotspring exists" as "A place with a hotspring that's not too far away" are the same.
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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby Mukade » Fri 09.02.2005 7:53 am

Actually, the て form in this instance is not so much "because," but a sort of conjunction. So the first sentence would be more like:

I think I'd like to go to a place that has a hotspring and isn't too far.

whereas your sentence is more like:

I think I'd like to go to a not-to-distant place with a hotspring.

Similarly, as Gaijinian pointed out, the first is more natural sounding (in English and in Japanese), whereas the second, although not incorrect, sounds awkward (again, in English and in Japanese).
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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby Kates » Fri 09.02.2005 5:04 pm

Just in case.... it's HAKONE... not HOKANE.... >_> I'm not sure if you just typo'd iroirona, but... better safe than sorry. (:
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RE: Sentence Translation

Postby mechakucha » Sat 09.03.2005 7:16 am

Thanks everyone. I think I got it now. Yeah, Kates, thanks for correcting me there, for some reason my head just kept thinking of the word (Hoka 他) when I type.:D
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