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    Eway is offline Senior Member
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    Default most everyone is a criminal?

    Dear Teachers,

    I'm reading both the English and the Chinese version of The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penny. In the English version, there is this sentence:

    "I wish I could say that I have never experienced the pleasure (of being behind the bars), but sadly that is not the case. A long time ago, in Illinois. But since most everyone is a criminal down there, I was in some very good company..."

    The Chinese version translated the blue part as "almost everyone outside the prison is criminal anyway, so I lived rather nicely inside the prison".

    I have doubts about the Chinese translation. Is it what the English version means?
    Last edited by Eway; 21-Aug-2008 at 04:03. Reason: wrong spelling

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Default Re: most everyone is a criminal?

    Not quite. The first part of the translation is fine, the second part is incorrect - unless the context indicated that he was actually in prison. As it stands the original says "Everyone in Illinois is basically a criminal, and so am I - therefore I was in good company".

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