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    A troop can be a soldier?

    Can "troop" be the same word for "soldier"?
    Hello, tdol and everyone.
    Now, I am messed up with this sentence.
    This sentence is from CNN.com, November 29, 2006.
    "U.S. moving 1,600 troops into Baghdad"
    I bet "1,600 troops" is apparently the meaning of "1,600 groups of soldiers".
    But, on several Japanese news sites,
    it was translated as "1,600 soldiers". Hmmm ...
    This is wrong translation, isn't It?
    Could you please help me?
    Thanks in advance.
    Jun


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    Re: A troop can be a soldier?

    Hi, Ju,
    Right, troops means soldiers, military forces; I've never heard it in the singular, though.
    Regards


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    Re: A troop can be a soldier?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju_n View Post
    Can "troop" be the same word for "soldier"?
    Hello, tdol and everyone.
    Now, I am messed up with this sentence.
    This sentence is from CNN.com, November 29, 2006.
    "U.S. moving 1,600 troops into Baghdad"
    I bet "1,600 troops" is apparently the meaning of "1,600 groups of soldiers".
    But, on several Japanese news sites,
    it was translated as "1,600 soldiers". Hmmm ...
    This is wrong translation, isn't It?
    Could you please help me?
    Thanks in advance.
    Jun
    In exact usage, a troop of soldiers is a group of them, and a trooper is a member of a troop. It is a modern version of the Old English word 'troupe', which came into English from Norman French, and still survives in phrases like 'circus troupe'.

    However, modern usage allows 'troops' to mean 'soldiers' (as in 'the troops were deployed along the bank of the river'), so the translation is correct. English speakers use the word 'troops' synonymously with 'soldiers'.


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    Re: A troop can be a soldier?

    Before I ask for, of course, I checked it out with my own dictionary and some web dictionary inside out.
    Although, I was not able to have such as excellent answers enough.
    I really appreciate your answers.
    I got to understand it!
    Thank you very much, humble and Coffa!
    Best Regards,
    Jun

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    Re: A troop can be a soldier?

    Hi,

    This has been discussed before (not sure whether it will clarify or confuse!)

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ge...t=troop+troops


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    Re: A troop can be a soldier?

    Ah, I should've searched through this site at the start. Sorry about this.
    It is also very useful info anyway!
    Thank you all the same, curmudgeon.
    Best Regards,
    Jun

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