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Message de samba66688 posté le 13-10-2010 à 00:10:43 (S | E | F)
Hello all !
I need help, especially from native speakers. I've done today a translation exercise about drugs. The title was, in French, "La consommation de drogues en France". After many researches in dictionnaries and press articles I thought that "Drug abuse" would be fine. I also found that "Drug use" was very common.
But I was surprised when my teacher said that the better term was "Drug usage", something I never heard or read before.
So the question is : what sounds better for a native speaker ? Is "Drug usage" frequently used in press, on television or even in conversations ?
Thank you in advance for your answers.
Réponse: Drug use, drug abuse or drug usage ? de notrepere, postée le 13-10-2010 à 00:30:32 (S | E)
Dans ce cas, je dirais "drug use". Il semble que la BBC soit d'accord avec moi:
In this case, I would say "drug use". It seems that the BBC agrees with me:
"Drug use in England and Wales"
En espérant vous avoir aidé
Modifié par bridg le 13-10-2010 07:00
Modifié par notrepere le 13-10-2010 23:14
Réponse: Drug use, drug abuse or drug usage ? de samba66688, postée le 13-10-2010 à 00:46:20 (S | E)
Thank you very much ! But what about the rightfulness of "Drug usage" that my teacher has finally chosen ? Was it relevant to use it in a translation of a press article ? Is "Drug abuse" better or is it incorrect ?
Réponse: Drug use, drug abuse or drug usage ? de notrepere, postée le 13-10-2010 à 06:10:16 (S | E)
In my opinion, "consommation" correlates to drug use, but not necessarily drug abuse. Drug abuse refers to a specific type of drug use, namely over-consumption or misuse of drugs.
Use vs. Usage. I would say it depends on the ideas you are presenting. If your teacher says to use "drug usage", then you should follow that advice. To me, drug usage refers to the way in which drugs are used. Drug use refers to the general use of drugs.
If you take (consume) drugs, you "use" drugs. How you use those drugs refers to their usage.
The difference is sometimes subtle and often the two terms overlap. Perhaps someone else can provide a better explanation.
Réponse: Drug use, drug abuse or drug usage ? de samba66688, postée le 13-10-2010 à 10:50:50 (S | E)
Thank you again, notrepere. Yes, it's very subtle and it's finally a little bit hard to choose the better term...
Réponse: Drug use, drug abuse or drug usage ? de benboom, postée le 13-10-2010 à 15:02:44 (S | E)
Consider this, too: "drug abuse" implies a point of view, a value judgement. "Drug use" is a relatively neutral term.
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