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lose three stone是什么意思?

[ 2014-04-10 13:53] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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lose three stone是什么意思?Mr Taghipoor told the Manchester Evening News: "She has lost three stone and is frightened, she is scared the government will kill her."

Taghipoor在接受《曼彻斯特晚报》(Manchester Evening News)采访时说:“她失去了三块宝石,而且非常恐惧,她怕自己会被判死刑。”

My comments:

She has not lost three precious stones in the form of jade or diamond. Nothing like that. Instead, she’s lost about 20 kilos in weight.

Kilogram is the international system for weight measurement. In Britain, especially locally, people still use traditional measurements, of which “stone” is a part.

If you look it up in the dictionary (I wonder why you didn’t), you’ll see that a stone is equal to 6.35kg.

At any rate, translators should try to understand the original text right before attempting to put it into another language.

Guesswork, well, doesn’t work.

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