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    Hello Everyone,

    Can the underlined in the following sentence be replaced by from a better perspective?


    Thanks to the formulation and adoption of the UN Charter in 1945 and to the subsequent endeavors to put the Charter into practice, we have a clearer perception of the United Nations in a better light.


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    Default Re: a better perspective?

    A better perspective is often about changing the point of observation with respect to height, distance or angle. A better light has to do with, well, getting a brighter light so we can see something more clearly. This metaphor works better to complete the idea of getting "a clearer perception" due to the greater visibility the charter allows. It might be the lack of context, but I don't much like the construction of this sentence as it is, and I think the idea could be more clearly expressed some other way.

    "A better light" can also sometimes have the meaning of seeing something with more optimism or thinking better of something than one might have previously, which I don't think is being implied in this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    Can the underlined in the following sentence be replaced by from a better perspective?


    Thanks to the formulation and adoption of the UN Charter in 1945 and to the subsequent endeavors to put the Charter into practice, we have a clearer perception of the United Nations in a better light.


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    Sky
    Where does this sentence come from? It is a very strange construction, it's not at all clear what it is trying to say.

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    Default Re: a better perspective?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Where does this sentence come from? It is a very strange construction, it's not at all clear what it is trying to say.

    Yes, you are right! I guess the sentence is translated from Chinese by our natives as it is taken from our interpreting textbook but doesn't correspnd to the Chinese in meaning and construction.

    Then, what do you think of my translated version ? Hope you can correct it and present yours here?

    The UN charter, which came into being and were adopted in 1945, together with the efforts in putting the charter into practice, allow us to get a clearer picture on UN from a better perspective.


    The paragraph from which the sentence is taken is as follows:

    On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding ofthe United Nations, it is necessary, in our discussion of theinternational relations, to review the past and explore the future mission of this world organization. Thanks to the formulation andadoption of the UN Charter in 1945 and to the subsequent endeavors to put the Charter into practice, we have a clearer perception of the United Nations in a better light.




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    Last edited by sky753; 07-Jun-2009 at 02:21.

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