prendre des initiatives

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by fabfab, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. fabfab Senior Member

    France - Grenoble
    French - France

    How would you translate "prendre des initiatives"?
    Context: "Je ne suis pas quelqu'un de passif. Je prends très souvent des initiatives."
  2. bh7 Senior Member

    Limestone City
    Canada; English
    I'm not someone who's just sitting back. I very often take the initiative [in doing things].

    I'd probably leave out 'in doing things', which was my attempt to render the plural for Fr. 'initiatives'.
  3. Topilouf Senior Member

    France Français
    Is it possible to say during an interview :

    " I like to take initiatives... " (J'aime prendre des initiatives...) ???
  4. slowpoke Member

    You would have to say, "I like to take the initiative."

    In English, we take the initiative
  5. Topilouf Senior Member

    France Français
    Ok so, you mean that i can't use the plural by putting a " S " a the end at initiative as said above by bh7 ?

    So, for put it in the plural form i have to say : " I like to take the initiative in doing things " ????
  6. slowpoke Member

    Bonjour fabfab,

    "I am not a passive person." "I often take the initiative."
  7. Topilouf Senior Member

    France Français
    Non, en fait, je voudrais dire la meme chose mais en le méttant à la forme PLURIELLE...

    Quelle phrase dois-je utiliser ?

    " I like to take the initiatives " OR " I like to take the initiative in doing things " ???

    Je suis confus......
  8. slowpoke Member


    No "s". Your sentence is correct. You can also just say, "I like to take the initiative." in doing things or in getting the job done is implied.
  9. slowpoke Member

    From my English/French dictionary:

    initiative / I"nIS@tIv / noun
    1 (quality) initiative f; to have ou show initiative faire preuve d'initiative; use your initiative! (as advice) fais preuve d'initiative!; (as reproof) un peu d'initiative quand même!; on one's own initiative de son propre chef;
    2 (move) initiative f; to take the initiative prendre l'initiative (in doing de faire); peace initiative(s) initiative(s) de paix;
    3 (upper hand) to take/lose the initiative prendre/perdre l'initiative;
    4 politics law initiative f.

    Does that help?
  10. Topilouf Senior Member

    France Français
    Ok, i understand, i will use this sentence...

    Thank you...
  11. slowpoke Member


    "I like to take the initiative in doing things" is correct. It is not plural in this context.

    If you say, "I like to take the initiative" that means the same thing, as in doing things is understood. :)
  12. Topilouf Senior Member

    France Français
  13. Suehil

    Suehil Medemod

    Tillou, France
    British English
    'To take the initiative' is a phrasal verb, so 'initiative' is always singular. If you say 'I like to take the initiative' it automatically means that you will do it more than once, so your plural is already in the sentence.
  14. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)

    Another way to say this (especially relevant for a job interview) is I am a self-starter.

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