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Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by elgossobosso, Jul 28, 2008.

  1. elgossobosso Senior Member

    France French
    Bonjour,

    POur traduire, ce garçon avait du génie.

    this guy had some genuis, is it correct ?


    thanks :eek:
     
  2. xxAxx Senior Member

    English
    I think you'd be more likely to say "this guy was a genius" in English, but I don't think your translation is incorrect.
     
  3. elgossobosso Senior Member

    France French
  4. Maître Capello

    Maître Capello Mod et ratures

    Suisse romande
    French – Switzerland
    Anyway it is genius, not genuis
     
  5. xxAxx Senior Member

    English
    Using "guy" or "boy" would depend on the context and the audience. Do you have any more information?
     
  6. elgossobosso Senior Member

    France French
    the audience is very normal people like friends etc
     
  7. ce que est est Senior Member

    Brooklyn
    United States, English
    Who are you talking about (who was the genius)?
     
  8. Fred_C

    Fred_C Senior Member

    France
    Français
    hi,
    I think that actually, (but I am not sure) the word "génie" in "avoir du génie" is not the same word as "génie" in "être un génie".
    I think it is like "martyre" and "martyr" (Martyrdom and martyr), or "homicide" (assassin) and "homicide" (meurtre), or "arbitre" (de rugby) and "arbitre" (libre arbitre).

    Each pair derives from two different latin words :
    "Martyrium" and "Martys", "Homicida" and "Homicidium", "Arbiter" and "Arbitrium".
     
  9. elgossobosso Senior Member

    France French
    it's tchaichovsky
     
  10. ce que est est Senior Member

    Brooklyn
    United States, English
    haha. Definitely 'guy' then, if you're just talking to your friends.
     
  11. xxAxx Senior Member

    English
    In that case I would use "guy". "Boy" can occasionally come across as a little partonising or offensive, depending on the context.
     

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