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Tachometer/speedometer

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Johanne, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Johanne

    Johanne Senior Member

    Allo!

    Le contexte:
    The Spark borrows its approach to the gauge cluster from the Sonic, only the big analog tachometer is a speedometer in the smaller car.

    Mon interrogation:
    Je ne suis pas sûre de la façon dont je dois comprendre la phrase. Le tachymètre remplace l'indicateur de vitesse? Il sert d'indicateur de vitesse?

    Merci!
     
  2. Jeanne75 Senior Member

    French - France
    Hello,

    Les deux voitures ont la même etc ..., mais le (big analog) tachymètre (dans la grosse voiture) est (remplacé par) un simple indicateur de vitesse dans la petite voiture.

    Oui, pour moi le "tachometer" est la version haut de gamme du "speedometer" ...

    Cordialement
     
  3. misterk Moderator

    Boston
    English-American
    I believe that a tachometer measures RPM (revolutions per minute), whereas a speedometer measures the more standard miles/hour or km/hour.
     
  4. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
    I agree with misterk. The first displays engine speed. It's a strange sentence, because I suppose the bigger car must have both - it'd be awfully hard to obey speed limits without a speedometer.
     

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