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    s'entendre dire

    Could you translate the following sentence? I would like to know if there are exact equivalent turns or idioms (I mean, if it is just "after he told me he was all-mighty" I would be disappointed ) to the following:

    Après avoir vu mon projet injustement avorté et m'être entendu dire qu'il avait tous les droits, dont celui d'interrompre les projets qui ne lui plaisaient pas, j'ai décidé de lui dire ses quatre vérités.

    Thanks a lot
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    Re: s'entendre dire

    After having seen my project unfairly/unjustly canceled and him letting me know that he had been given all the authority such as to stopping any project he didn't like, I decided to give him a piece of my mind.

    Here is my translation. I hope this helps?
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    Re : s'entendre dire

    not idiomatic enough to me, hehe

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    Oh boy! You are difficult! LOL

    how about - he let me know in so many words or he made it be known to me

    I honestly can't fine another idiomatic expression. Perhaps some others will have an idea.

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    Re : s'entendre dire

    well maybe you've done your best and there isn't a fix idiomatic expression
    thanks for your endeavour but let's wait for the others

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    After having seen my project unfairly aborted* and having been told in no uncertain terms** that he held all the cards*** including that of cancelling projects that he didn't like, I decided to give him a piece of my mind.

    *ça se dit en anglais, plus souvent au sujet d'un lancement, mais il me semble approprié ici
    **c'est bien le ton que tu cherche? suis pas sure
    *** getting a little loose here, in the spirit of the exercise

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    I think Kelly B's is a good translation, sounds nice and English

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    s'entendre dire:

    - to hear oneself being told

    (actually exists in English as an idiomatic expression)

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    please note that s'entendre dire, although widely used is NOT correct in French (it should be s'entendre DIT)
    If you hesitate, take a piece of good old paper and a real pen, write it down. Then you know.

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    Quote Originally Posted by advir du rafu View Post
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    - to hear oneself being told
    (actually exists in English as an idiomatic expression)
    Welcome to the forum advir du rafu,
    I'm sorry but I don't think it does. I can imagine a schizophrenic saying it, on hearing "voices", but that's about all.

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    Kelly B's suggestion gets my vote, for what it's worth.
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." Mark Twain. Merci de me signaler mes erreurs.

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    Re: s'entendre dire

    Mine as well, except that word "aborted"—you abort a mission, never a project. Projects are cancelled, or, in the spirit of this exercise, they could be killed or 86ed or deep-sixed.

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