Complicated Structer Sentence's translation methodWe usually see many long English sentences in the press, famous works and some other articles. There are twenty or thirty words, even forty words in one sentence, which will let the readers in a daze and do not know how to translate the words accurately. So it is difficult for us to translate such long, complicated and redundant phrases and sentences. In general, a long sentence is composed of the main clause, subordinate clause and some modifiers. Therefore, we should clarify the relations of these parts during translation, and then we will find it much more easily. Let us have a look at a long sentence: From radio-active water and soil around a nuclear-weapons plant in Colorado to man-made deserts in Soviet Central Asia, the world is peppered with examples of what poor education or neighborly attitudes can do to the planet that must feed and clothe us all. 如果人们受教育不够或不能善待环境，他们会对人类赖以生存的这个星球做出些什么事来呢？全世界到处都有这样的例子：从科罗拉多州核武器工厂周围辐射活跃的水土到原苏联中亚地区的人为沙漠。 From above sentence, we found that the long sentences is used to express the complex meaning in English, while we usually use the short and simple sentences to express the meaning in Chinese. During translation, we should not be afraid of those long sentences because the main relationship could be found easily if we find the main structure. We can follow the below steps:
- Finding out the main content of one sentence
- Figuring out the predicate phrases, subjective phrases, proposition phrases and the subordinate clause.
- Paying attention to the inserted phrase and other fixed matching words.
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