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不劳...出面, then


Kev

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Hoping for some suggestions as to how I might translated 不劳 in this context.

I feel that the idea of "no need to wait" doesn't capture the nuance.

So my draft definition of:

不劳...出面 = no need to wait for ... to arrive

needs some work.

Some examples.

就不劳我老人家亲自出面了,我还是呆在他的老家看我的大电视

不劳政府出面,民间枪手就能替天行道

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My English isn't great. I have given these two sentence a shot in the hope that my translations can 抛磚引玉.

就不劳我老人家亲自出面了,我还是呆在他的老家看我的大电视。

Given my old age, I shall spare myself the trouble of going there in person. I think I'd be better off watching TV at his old home

不劳政府出面,民间枪手就能替天行道。

The government doesn't need to bother itself about it; some gunman will take the mission.

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In fact, ‘不劳’ has nothing to do with '出面'.

'不劳' means 'There's no need for somebody to spend time on doing something', actually it's the abbreviation of '不劳烦', '不' means no, and '劳烦' means '(Ask) Somebody to spend time on doing something'. But in different situation, there more meanings, such as Chinese idiom '不劳而获', it means 'Somebody didn't spend time on working, but he finally he get the thing.' In this idiom, '不劳' is the abbreviation of '不劳动', it means 'somebody doesn't work'.

 

'出面' means 'Somebody appears to do something', such as 'solve the problem'.

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