Marcher à l'aise sur une vire étroite comme sur un fil

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Randisi., Nov 28, 2006.

  1. Randisi. Senior Member

    Dalian, China
    American English; USA
    Hello, everyone!

    I'm not quite sure what to do with 'comme' here:

    It's part of a caption for a photo showing a high wire troop in action.

    "Préparé par la physiologie, l'équilibre s'apprend et l'on s'étonne de marcher à l'aise sur une vire étroite comme sur un fil."

    Prepared by physiology, balance is learned and one is amazed to be walking easily along a narrow ledge as well as along a high wire.

    Or is it: to be walking easily along a narrow ledge or a high wire.

    To be walking easily along a narrow ledge the way one does along a high wire.

    To be walking easily along a narrow ledge just as one does along a high wire.

    To be walking easily along a narrow ledge as though along a high wire.


    Though I'm not sure just how easy it is to walk along a high wire!

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. Katemonster

    Katemonster Senior Member

    I think from context alone we could say

     
  3. Randisi. Senior Member

    Dalian, China
    American English; USA
    Thanks, Katemonster!

    That's the one that made the most sense, but I had never seen 'comme' used in the sense of 'or' before.
     
  4. Katemonster

    Katemonster Senior Member

    you're welcome
    as in de jour comme de nuit...
     
  5. Madore Senior Member

    French (France)
    I do not totally agree with Katemonster's interpretation. I think it just means "walk on a narrow ledge as easily as on a wire"
     
  6. DaveBowman Senior Member

    French/France
    is it easier to walk on a wire?
     
  7. Madore Senior Member

    French (France)
    Or should we take the second "sur" off and read the sentence " on a ledge as thin as a wire"
     
  8. DaveBowman Senior Member

    French/France
    I'll definetely side with Kate on this one.
     

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