(Original title: "Translate “当然” with a truning meaning".)

通常“当然”翻译作 of course。考虑下面一种情况


接下来,为了缓和气氛,我用一句转折, “当然,你说的部分也有道理。”

这里的“当然”可以译作“of course”吗?我感觉不能,这里需要一个表示转折意义的“当然”,而“of course”通常是强调的意思。可否译作




I think the word 'well' in English can express a slight 'but'. So, in your context, you may interpret it as:

Well, sure, what you said could also make sense....


It seems "truning" is supposed to mean "turning", 转折, turning point, transition, turnaround. Chinese grammar on the topic of 复句(complex sentences) mentions 偏正复句 (subordinate and main) with 转折关系 as subtopic, (A, 但是 B)


Possible conjunctions: 但是、可是、然而、不过、但、可、却、倒. Complex sentences need not have conjunctions, cf. 紧缩复句 (contracted complex sentence). It would seem translating 当然 as "of course" may not contradict the fact that in some sense there may be a turning point 转折。


当然 can mean : of course; certainly; surely

There is nothing wrong with translating “当然,你说的部分也有道理。” as "of course, the part you said is also valid"

当然 (of course; certainly; surely) here validate part of the speech, but it doesn't validate the entire speech. It is like "你当然可以走, 但必需在完成工作後" validate your right to leave, but it doesn't validate your right to leave before finish the job

"当然,你说的部分也有道理" only affirm "你说的部分也有道理" but there's a 'but' coming. e.g. "当然,你说的部分也有道理,但他說的更合邏輯" (of course, the part you said is also valid, but what he said is more logical)

'though' means 須然, it implies 'despite of' (yes, you make sense, but...)

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