English to French wield

Dictionary entry: wield
  • Michelvar

    Quasimodo
    French / France
    It depends on the context. "The Minister was elected, but everyone knew it was his secretary who really wielded the power." does say that the Minister is a man, but does not say anything about his secretary's gender, so, translating it into "sa secrétaire" is not a mistake per se.

    On the other hand, translating "secretary" into "secrétaire" in this context is quite bold, the secretary in this sentence is more likely a "chef de cabinet", for instance.
     

    DearPrudence

    Dépêche Mod (AL mod)
    Dictionary Editor
    IdF
    French (lower Normandy)
    Thank you for your report, Unique visitor username!
    And thank you, Michelvar, for your perfect answer.
    You are right about the translation of "secretary", so I have changed it. Merci :)
     
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