Very literal translation to English, but not standard English usage

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Very literal translation to English, but not standard English usage

Elle ne fait pas partie de mes invités.She is not part of my guests.
In English, would never say 'part of my guests' - better translations would be either 'not one of my guests' or 'not on my guest list' (latter preferable, I think). 
Asked 8 months ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Maarten et al, thank you for your comments, we've updated the lesson.

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

In fact, all of the examples in that lesson are translated too literally.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Alan, agree - the first is not too bad, one of the team is probably the better translation,  but there are circumstances in English when 'part of the team' is used. I wrote as soon as I saw the 'part of my guests' which conjured up images of (literally) disjointed guests' 'parts'! Interestingly, my French wife (who is a translator) didn't bat an eyelid at the literal translation initially, because it was to her exactly what it means in French, and then she thought through the English meaning, and had the same reaction as I had.

AlanC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I agree that "part of the team" is the most acceptable, but I'd prefer "be in the team" or "join the team" here. I'd use "part of the team" in contexts like "we want to make them feel part of the team".

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Just returned to this lesson. Fair play - I am critical when lessons are not improved/modified in response to feedback or issues causing confusion, so happy to express appreciation when they have been, as here.

Very literal translation to English, but not standard English usage

Elle ne fait pas partie de mes invités.She is not part of my guests.
In English, would never say 'part of my guests' - better translations would be either 'not one of my guests' or 'not on my guest list' (latter preferable, I think). 

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