1. Pur Esprit Member

    PARIS
    French
    Comment traduire : "il nous faut lancer une action de fond." ?
    Plus généralement, la notion de fond/forme me paraît difficile à rendre.
    Exemples :
    "C'est une question de fond."
    "Pour aller au fond des choses, il faut voir que... etc..."
    "Au fond, il n'est pas si stupide qu'il en a l'air."

    Au fond, existe-t-il un "fond" en anglais ?:)
     
  2. FRENFR

    FRENFR Senior Member

    Europe
    English
    C'est une question de fond = It's a deep question/a question of depth

    Pour aller au fond des choses = to get to the bottom of things!
     
  3. polaire Senior Member

    English, United States

    Le Fond du problème
    (The Heart of the Matter)
     
  4. polaire Senior Member

    English, United States
    At bottom,
    Ultimately,
    In the end,
    At the end of the day, /it's not quite as stupid as it seems.
     
  5. viera Senior Member

    Paris suburb
    English/French/Slovak
    Could this work?

    This problem requires in depth treatment.
     
  6. polaire Senior Member

    English, United States

    Sorry, viera, I thought you were the original poster.

    "In depth" to me suggests an intensive effort. For some reason, I have the impression that the whole project needs to be reexamined and worked on.

    Maybe something more like:

    The problem requires us to get back to basics.

    The problem requires us to return to first principles.
     
  7. Pur Esprit Member

    PARIS
    French
    All these suggestions are much helpful, and it seems that there is more than a single turn for french "fond". And my question is now a bit more philosophical : does this french concept of "fond / forme" have any equivalent in english minds - and language ?
     
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