les 8 pays les plus puissants du monde (G8)

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by nhat, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. nhat Senior Member

    France
    france
    Hi everybody,

    I have some doubts about that sentence :

    le G8 regroupe les 8 pays les plus puissants du monde
    (actually I don't know where to put "8")

    should it be :
    - the G8 is an organisation that gathers the 8 more powerful countries in the world ?
    -.....that gathers the 8 countries that are the more powerful in the world ?
    -.....that gathers the world's 8 more powerful countries ?

    as you can see i'm a little bit confused lol

    thanks for your help
     
  2. carolineR

    carolineR Senior Member

    Indian Ocean
    France
    the 8 most powerful countries in the world
    -..... the 8 countries that are the most powerful in the world
    -..... the world's 8 most powerful( or mightiest, too) countries :)
     
  3. mally pense

    mally pense Senior Member

    Cheshire, England
    England, UK English
    carolineR gives good advice :)

    For the whole sentence, the following is perhaps the most concise and natural sounding to my ears:

    The G8 brings together the 8 most powerful countries in the world.

    (Though I would also be tempted to use 'eight' rather than '8')
     
  4. nhat Senior Member

    France
    france
    flute !
    j'y etais presque...
    merci carolineR et mally-pense
     
  5. onbalance

    onbalance Senior Member

    United States
    English - United States
    Hi. your translation is great and, minus the article "the," is exactly what I was going to suggest until I saw you had already replied. In American English, it is customary to spell out the numerals between zero and ten unless they are used as a designation (e.g. G8, 8 Mile, State Route 8, etc.)
     
  6. Gil Senior Member

    Français, Canada
    Group of Eight, eight industrialized nations of the world (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Russia)
     

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