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    Question Help for translating a sentence from Spanish into English

    Hi to anyone,

    I am stuck with the translation of the following Spanish sentence into English?

    El Estado, aunque este separado de la religión, debe apoyarla

    Could anyone help me with this?
    What would be the best way to translate this sentence?

    Thanks a lot.

    Françoise

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    Default Re: Help for translating a sentence from Spanish into English

    How about something like this:

    (The) State should support religion even when it is a separate entity.

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    Default Re: Help for translating a sentence from Spanish into English

    another option, more literal:

    The State, although separate from religion, must support it.
    Realmente, el destino del mundo depende, en primer lugar, de los estadistas y, en segundo lugar, de los intérpretes.
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    Default Re: Help for translating a sentence from Spanish into English

    "Must" is a bit too strong. Better:
    "The State, even though it is is seperate from religion, ought to support it."

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    Default Re: Help for translating a sentence from Spanish into English

    You are right, lenny. I just realized the Spanish is debe...


    The State, although separate from religion, should support it.
    Realmente, el destino del mundo depende, en primer lugar, de los estadistas y, en segundo lugar, de los intérpretes.
    Trygve Halvdan Lie

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    Default Re: Help for translating a sentence from Spanish into English

    "Separation of church and state" is a boilerplate phrase in English. It refers to the political and legal doctrine that government and religious institutions are to be kept separate and independent from each other.

    So I suggest:
    Despite separation of church and state, the state should support religion.

    "Ought to" has a very colloquial sound.

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    Thanks a lot for all your suggestions. It really helped me.

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