I want to translate *The choice of confectus for continue seeks to convey the function of the control structure, not the literal meaning of the English word.*

To translate the last clause introduced by not, I would begin by first targeting something that would rather translate instead of the literal meaning…, which I would render with something like pefere ol la laŭvorta traduko de Angla.

First, is this approach fine?

Secondly, is there a valid way to translate that in a more direct manner like ", ne la laŭvortan signifon de Angla vorto"?

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perefe ol or prefere al?

My preference would be for your final suggestion, but remember it's still the object of convey:

  • ne la laŭvortan signifon de Angla vorto
  • I did have some doubt about ol/al. As it's a comparative I would tend to say ol, but as it's also can be thought as an (non-)target, al seems also relevant. Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 7:18
  • Both al and ol are used. I'm assuming, though that "perefe" is a typo. Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 14:35
  • Yes, indeed, in fact I didn't even noticed the typo in your answer. ^^ Commented Feb 5, 2017 at 19:42

I think "ne" works well to introduce subordinate clauses. "Prefere" has a different nuance. Compare:

  • Mi volas la pomon, ne la piron. (If you can't have the apple, you'd have nothing, because you don't want the pear.)

  • Mi volas la pomon, prefere ol la piron. (Here, you'd prefer the apple, but could consider the pear if the apple is not avaliable.)

It works the same with longer clauses:

  • Mi volas ĝuste tiun ĉemizon, ne ajnan ĉemizon kiun vi aĉetis en la vendejo.

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