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Your word puts me in fear of death. [M]
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Sentence #17391

Your word puts me in fear of death.

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Nov 23rd 2012, 14:57
This sentence contains no structural errors, but is far from natural. Indeed, it's so unusual that I'm not sure what it means. My best guess is: "What you're saying scares me to death."
Nov 23rd 2012, 15:30
that is why I put a @needs native check tag, more than a year ago...
Nov 23rd 2012, 16:29
The Japanese sentence this one is linked to means, literally, something like "When I'm hearing your words, I become feared of death." Though, I have no idea if Japanese sentence is any natural.
Nov 23rd 2012, 16:34
it's the biggest problem at tatoeba : people translate sentences that have not been confirmed to be correct. This is wrong, because it results in chains of meaningless translations...
Nov 23rd 2012, 16:56
The tag brought me here.

By "natural," I just meant, "natural for an English speaker to string those words together like that."

The literal rendering is a good semantic match to my guess; but who admits to being afraid of death in Japan? To a potential killer?

A criminal might profess a fear of death on being condemned: that would be proper; and the sentence might be spoken to his or her judge. That would be an essentially ceremonial utterance; so I might say, "In your words I hear my doom."
Nov 23rd 2012, 17:19
The problem is that we don't know the origins of both Japanese and English sentences. So we can invent as many contexts as we can imagine starting from a crime scene and ending with a joke. :-)
It would be nice to hear a native Japanese speaker's opinion on this sentence: http://tatoeba.org/rus/sentences/show/178539
Nov 23rd 2012, 17:47
I don't see that as a problem.

There's an Italian sentence in the corpus: "Vai preparare la borsa." A "borsa" may be a purse, a hot-water bottle, an ice pack, or a briefcase. The meaning of "preparare," nominally "prepare" can vary wildly depending on the meaning chosen for "borsa." Preparing a hot-water bottle or an ice pack offers small scope, but what do you do to a briefcase to "get it ready"? Fill it with money? The sentence is what it is. It might appear in a variety of contexts. It has various translations corresponding to those various contexts. We want to supply translations for them all, or perhaps for those that are not too far-fetched, those that are consonant with Italian culture.

The need to pay attention to the culture underlines your "It would be nice to hear a native Japanese speaker's opinion."

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