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    Little problems of great importance.

    Dear teachers,
    Could you help me with that passage from my composition?

    Phillips tried to follow the concept of dynamic equivalence, but used this concept irrespective of semantic relation to the original text, which resulted in an inadequate translation. What is worse, many translators who have followed E.N. ideas and have been criticised blame E.N.ís imprecision in defining the focal terms of his theory for their bad choices.

    My first question is whether the use of 'what is worse' is correct here.
    My second question concerns the clause 'who have...'. Do I need commas there or not?

    I'll be really gateful for your help.

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    Re: Little problems of great importance.

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Could you help me with that passage from my composition?

    Phillips tried to follow the concept of dynamic equivalence, but used this concept irrespective of semantic relation to the original text, which resulted in an inadequate translation. What is worse, many translators who have followed E.N. ideas and have been criticised blame E.N.ís imprecision in defining the focal terms of his theory for their bad choices.

    My first question is whether the use of 'what is worse' is correct here.
    My second question concerns the clause 'who have...'. Do I need commas there or not?

    I'll be really gateful for your help.
    I have no problem with what is worse in this context. As for the second question, "who have" should not be preceded by a comma. In some cases it might be, as when you say"
    "Pirates, who have a notorious reputation for bad behavior, often have profitable, albeit short, careers."
    In this situation the "who have" is describing pirates in general.
    On the other hand, you might say:
    "Those pirates who use violence to get what they want will have shorter careers than those who use more peaceful measures."
    In that case, the "who use" refers only to a particular subset of pirates.

    In your case, you are referring only to those particular translators and not all translators in general. "[Those particular] translators who have..." is one unit.

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