…d’autant plus que la Chine a réduit le nombre…

…d’autant plus que la Chine a réduit le nombre…

…doh-tah plew skuh lah shee nah ray-dwee luh NAW-bruh… Click below to hear this.*

…all the more so, since China has reduced the number…

Still on the article about Wu Ying. Find it here.

Autant que means as much as. So adding the de and the plus, you get something like so much more.

Below is the full sentence from which today’s expression was taken:

Une majorité d’internautes et des avocats estimaient que la peine capitale n’était plus justifiée pour un tel “crime économique”, d’autant plus que la Chine a réduit ces dernières années le nombre de crimes passibles de la peine de mort.

Here are a few more words and expressions to help you wade through it:

Un internaute is an internet user. As I am sure you deduced, it is patterned after astronaute.

La peine capitale is capital puinishment. Une peine is a sentence or punishment, and capital(e) refers to heads, as in “Heads will roll!”

Don’t confuse passible with possible or passable. Here’s how they differ:

passible = punishable, from the Latin word for suffer. It’s related to the religious sense of passion.

possible = possible, from the Latin word for to be able to.

passable = passable, that is, just acceptable. It’s a grade in French schools, equivalent to fair in American schools.

There, that should keep you busy for a little while!

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:

d_autant_plus_que_la_chine_a_reduit.mp3

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