Polish your English with “The Master and Margarita”! Issue 53

“По виду — лет сорока с лишним. Рот какой-то кривой. Выбрит гладко. Брюнет. Правый глаз черный, левый — почему-то зеленый. Брови черные, но одна выше другой. Словом — иностранец.”

[AmB]
He looked to be a little over forty. Slightly crooked mouth. Smooth-shaven. Dark brown hair. Right eye black, left — for some reason, green. Black eyebrows, but one was higher than the other. In a word — a foreigner.

[AmG]
He appeared to be in his forties. His mouth was somehow twisted. He was smooth shaven. A brunet. His right eye was black; the left, for some strange reason, green. Black eyebrows, but one higher than the other. In short, a foreigner.

[AmK]
Looked to be forty-something. Somewhat crooked mouth. Smooth shave. Dark hair. His right eye was black; the left – green, for some reason. Dark eyebrows, one set higher than the other. In short – a foreigner.

[AmP]
He looked to be a little over forty. Mouth somehow twisted. Clean-shaven. Dark-haired. Right eye black, left — for some reason — green. Dark eyebrows, but one higher than the other. In short, a foreigner.

[BrA]
To look at, he was about forty plus. Mouth a bit crooked. Clean-shaven. Dark-haired. The right eye black, the left for some reason green. Eyebrows black, but one higher than the other. In short- a foreigner.

[BrG]
He looked slightly over forty. Crooked sort of mouth. Clean-shaven. Dark hair. Right eye black, left eye for some reason green. Eyebrows black, but one higher than the other. In short — a foreigner.

[GT 2017-09]
In appearance — over forty years. The mouth is some curve. Shaved smoothly. Brunette. The right eye is black, the left one is green for some reason. Eyebrows are black, but one above the other. In a word — a foreigner.

Big Boris’ Commentary:

1. Observe the absence of “must be” Copular (Auxiliary) Verb in many places. Try to explain this.

Don’t hesitate to comment and propose your variants of translation!

Legend (“Am” = American English, “Br” = British English):

[AmB] — Burgin, O’Connor 1995
[AmG] — Ginsburg 1967
[AmI] — Itallie 1993 (Theatrical Adaptation)
[AmK] — Karpelson 2006
[AmP] — Pevear, Volokhonsky 1997
[BrA] — Aplin 2008
[BrG] — Glenny 1967
[GT] — Google Translate

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