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I'm translating an article and I'm not sure how to translate:

"Se trataba pues de impedir" esa partenogenesis espontanea seguida rapidamente de una fragmentacion.

I know the rest of the sentence, just the phrase in quotes is what I don't know. Help!

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updated ABR 30, 2008
posted by alyssa3

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In many contexts 'pues' can also come across in English as any vague, pausing, weakly contrasting word; not just 'well'. I'd be a little liberal with this one and do something like the following:

"It has to do, then, with preventing..."

updated ABR 30, 2008
posted by David-H
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The pues is just an interjection, like "well." Tratarse de means to be about, as in "El libro se trata de la esclavitud" (The book is about/deals with slavery).

So, "Se trataba pues de impedir" means "It has to do with, well, preventing/impeding..."

updated ABR 30, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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