"Ils ne sont pas arrogants mais juste fiers."

Translation:They are not arrogant, but only proud.

April 14, 2018



Translating "mais juste" directly to "but only" seems awkward.

I'm assuming the spirit of the sentence is that they are displaying pride, but one might mistake it as arrogance.

A more common way to say this would be, "They are not arrogant, [they are] just proud."

Or, probably less commonly, "They are not arrogant, but proud"

April 25, 2018


The following are synonymous:

  • They are not arrogant but only proud
  • They are not arrogant but just proud
  • They are not arrogant but merely proud

Removing "but" doesn't change the meaning of the sentences, but it does make it further from the French construction.

I would say that the construction without "but" is slightly less formal than the one with, and is more likely to be found in speech than writing.

Removing "only", "just" or "merely" does subtly change the meaning of the sentence, as you are no longer downplaying their feelings.

May 27, 2018


I added "merely" to the list of accepted translations. Thanks.

May 27, 2018

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    Agreed, bbbthunda. I wonder if Ils ne sont pas arrogants juste fiers is a correct French sentence?

    June 23, 2018


    It is correct with a comma after "arrogants".

    June 23, 2018


    How do you say 'justifiably proud'?

    April 14, 2018


    You can use "à juste titre" or "légitimement" to translate "justifiably".

    April 15, 2018


    I'm not native English speaker. So it's more like a question about English but, can we translate "arrogant" as "cocky"?

    October 31, 2018


    They are basically synonymous. To some, calling someone "cocky" means he/she is overly arrogant to the point of making a fool of him/herself.

    October 31, 2018


    In other words: proud < arrogant < cocky

    October 31, 2018


    How about "but simply proud" (common in American English)?

    December 21, 2018


    This was my rejected translation

    April 2, 2019


    "But only proud"is a bad translation.

    April 8, 2019


    I said "but simply proud." Should be accepted; it would be understood by another English-speaker, if not by a computer that may know only one sense of the word "simply".

    May 6, 2019
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