al margen de ella


Senior Member
English - England
Hi - just need clarification of this phrase in context below:

se desarrolla en el marco de una competición o al margen de ella

Is it: developed within the framework of a competition or alongside it / developed within the framework of a competition or outside of it

Can't help feeling that "alongside it" is the correct meaning here - full context: Art. 2(3) - definition of event - here

Many thanks,
  • Cenzontle

    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    I think it depends on whether "o"—in the context—implies "or, almost equivalent,..." vs. "or, by contrast,..."


    Senior Member
    Spanish, Spain
    Doesn't scope fit better than "framework" here?
    And here "o" means "or", so "outside it" could be the answer.


    Senior Member
    English, U.S.
    There are at least two kinds of "or": the "or" of contrast and the "or" of apposition.
    The "or" of contrast is a "disjunctive conjunction" (yes, it sounds contradictory, but it joins the items syntactically while separating them semantically):
    "You have to decide whether you want a gasoline or (an) electric motor."
    In contrast, the "or" of apposition introduces an alternative name for virtually the same thing:
    "This car comes only with a gasoline or, [synonymously] internal combustion, engine."
    So, for your purposes, Matron, is it important to contrast between inside and outside the competition, or is nearby almost as good as inside?
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