... debout lui fait une véritable ovation

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by Iggy86, May 15, 2009.

  1. Iggy86 Member

    Hull, England
    English

    Hi there, can anyone help me with the meaning of the following sentence? Is it the crowd that are standing or are the crowd giving him a standing ovation :confused:
    Lorsque la lumière se rallume dans la salle, après un long silence, la foule debout lui fait une véritable ovation.
    Perhaps: When the lights come up in the hall, after a long silence, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Merci d'avance
     
  2. McVities Member

    Scotland
    Français - Picardie
    The crowd is standing, but given the fact that in english you give a "standing ovation", you don't need to mention that the crowd is standing....

    Your translation is fine.
     
  3. Iggy86 Member

    Hull, England
    English
    Thank you :)
     
  4. thbruxelles Senior Member

    French - France
    To render 'standing ovation' here, you could say 'le public se lève pour l'applaudir'.
     

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