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“形同虚设”怎么翻译? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-10-18 16:56:06 |Display all floors
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“为人民服务”,我们喊了很多年。不知从什么时候起,人们发现“人民”二字渐渐形同虚设了。

试译:
"Serve the People" --- we have yelled the slogan  for years. But nobody knows from when the word of "People" gradually becomes nominal.

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Post time 2006-10-18 17:04:10 |Display all floors

has reduced to formalism

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Post time 2006-10-18 17:05:07 |Display all floors
exist in name only

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Post time 2006-10-18 17:08:37 |Display all floors
实话说, 没看明白原话.
为什么"人民"二字形同虚设虚设了呢?如果真的取消这两个字, 剩下的部门应该有所指, 可是仅剩下"为服务", 好象没有什么特别的含义.
但如果仅仅理解"形同虚设"的话, 个人觉得这儿可以理解为"仿佛不存在了" 或者"没有存在的必要了"exist without any need"/"exist in name only/ be nothing but an empty shell.

[ Last edited by tempax at 2006-10-18 05:12 PM ]
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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Post time 2006-10-18 17:08:41 |Display all floors

become an insubstantial catch phrase ?

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Post time 2006-10-18 17:13:27 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tempax at 2006-10-18 17:08
实话说, 没看明白原话.
为什么"人民"二字形同虚设虚设了呢?如果真的取消这两个字, 剩下的部门应该有所指, 可是仅剩下"为服务", 好象没有什么特别的含义.
但如果仅仅理解"形同虚设&quo ...


哈哈,对不起。没有给出更多的下文。这是一篇评论文章。下面紧接着是:

。。。比如人民的政府中贪官多了起来,人民的律师在服务中吃了原告吃被告,人民铁路成了“铁老大”,随时提高票价,人民银行。。。。

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Post time 2006-10-18 19:23:50 |Display all floors
Originally posted by copchen at 2006-10-18 16:56
原句:
“为人民服务”,我们喊了很多年。不知从什么时候起,人们发现“人民”二字渐渐形同虚设了。

试译:
"Serve the People" --- we have yelled the slogan  for years. But nobody knows fro ...

has degenerated into something mere nominal

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