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Offline ZeitgeistTopic starter

Some help with French?
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:25:31 PM »
Nothing too intense. I want to title my story: The Amazon on Rue Jacob.

Making use of Google translate, I have...

L'Amazone le Rue Jacob

Is that right? Would there be a better way of writing it?

Thanks...

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Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011, 09:31:59 PM »
Are you looking for a title of "The Amazon on Jacob Road" and pre-translated the word road into rue?

Rue, in French is Road. So what you're got there is The Amazon the Road Jacob.

L'Amazone sur Rue Jacob would be The Amazon on Jacob Road.

Offline ZeitgeistTopic starter

Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2011, 09:42:20 PM »
Are you looking for a title of "The Amazon on Jacob Road" and pre-translated the word road into rue?

Rue, in French is Road. So what you're got there is The Amazon the Road Jacob.

L'Amazone sur Rue Jacob would be The Amazon on Jacob Road.

That would work perfect I believe. The true-to-life person (Natalie Barney) was nicknamed The Amazon and she lived on Rue Jacob in Paris. So it seemed like a good title for the story, The Amazon on Rue Jacob, or L'Amazone sur Rue Jacob

I may be back for more help, though I'll keep my ambitions in check, a word here, a phrase there. LOL

Thank you!

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Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 07:34:29 AM »
I might go L'amazone de la rue Jacob or L'amazone dans la rue Jacob. My anglo ear might be wrong, but I think the preposition sur in this case would suggest something like "the Amazon painted on the road".

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Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 07:45:32 AM »
I agree with Avis, first thing that came to mind was L'amazone de rue Jacob honestly...but the last time I spoke French was..ehh..4 years ago ::) I think "de" is wrong (isn't it "la rue?"), then it would be L'amazone de la rue Jacob indeed.

Someone must be a native French speaker here?

Offline ZeitgeistTopic starter

Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 07:54:13 AM »
I sadly have no talent for any language other than my own. I appreciate the help, and I'll follow closely the discussion. Thank you!

I'd add, playing with Google Translate, and Babel Fish, the variation of sur or de la may simply be the difference between on or of rue Jacob.

Either would work of course. Though I think I'm leaning towards The Amazon of rue Jacob, rather than on rue Jacob. The difference however is negligible.
« Last Edit: December 30, 2011, 08:01:29 AM by Zeitgeist »

Offline Haibane

Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 12:32:38 PM »
I think 'of' ("de") is the best fit and since "rue" is a feminine noun, then Avis' suggestion of "L'Amazone de la rue Jacob" seems best to me.

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Re: Some help with French?
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2011, 05:59:09 PM »
Thank you all