Il tempo perchè lo stesso M preparasse la successione non c'era stato


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Translating a history of modern journalism Italian>English seek confirmation or better yet correction of this phrase as I've rendered it:

Il tempo perche lo stesso M preparasse la successione non c'era stato,

High time, because M's preparations for his own succession had not been done,

Grazie merci many thanks.

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  • It becomes clearer if you first rearrange the phrase a bit, like this ...

    "Il tempo non c'era stato perche' lo stesso M preparasse la successione""

    and then note that perche' is followed by the subjunctive preparasse, so doesn't mean because but rather so that / for.

    "There wasn't time for M to prepare/arrange the succession"

    I haven't translated "lo stesso" because I don't know how to do it in a natural way without seeing the whole context - and even then it may not need translating. It means something like "the very same M", referring back emphatically to the 'M' that has just been the subject of discussion.
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