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    Meaning

    Please tell me whether there's a difference in meaning between the two sentences below. I'm working on a translation, and the first sentence mirrors the structure of the original. I find the second sentence easier to understand, but I'm not sure whether it carries the exact same meaning as the original.

    "Any person who discloses a secret confided to him in his capacity as an employee of a bank, as an employee of an audit firm or that he learned in this capacity, shall be liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years."

    "Any person who discloses a secret confided to him or that he learned in his capacity as an employee of a bank, as an employee of an audit firm, shall be liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years."

    Thanks a lot!

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    Re: Meaning

    They mean the same to me.

    Rover

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    Re: Meaning

    "Any person who discloses a secret confided to him or that he learned in his capacity as an employee of a bank and/or as an employee of an audit firm, shall be liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years."

    Your second version is clearer. In my slight amendment above, I think 'or' is essential; the 'and/' may not have been in the original, but it does cover all contingencies. The comma is wrong.

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