Translation of English and Ukrainian idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information




This course paper is dedicated to contrastive analysis of translation of idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information in English and Ukrainian. I am going to define the difference and similarities in idiomatic and stable expressions, which signify such notion as information or the process of the information transfer and examine different shades of meaning and equivalents of translating in English and in Ukrainian. The theoretical background to the practical findings will be provided in the first part of my course paper.

The aim of the present course paper is to research ways of translating idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information into the English and Ukrainian language, taking into account different criteria, compare and contrast the results of investigation in order to discover differences and similarities in translating meanings, stylistic peculiarities and usage.

The research materials are the idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information in the languages.

The objectives of my course research are: 1) to contrast idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information ; 2) to consider their structure and meaning.

The methods of research are: the overall selection ( used in gathering the research material), componential analysis ( used in considering the semantic nature of researched units).

I have analyzed idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information in order to show their national colouring, since they are the reflection of culture, traditions, national character in both languages. It lays in the base of every nation to create idioms, which show the realia of its life, describe different sides of culture, habits, beliefs, everyday life. So making the following research I want to show all these peculiarities. Such an analysis is of great interest since it helps as well to learn more about the nature of researched languages.

The structure of the presented course paper is the following:

1) the introduction which describes the aim , the objectives, the research material, as well as mentions the methods of translation;

2) the theoretical part which presents the definition of the idiomatic and stable expressions concerning the subject information, dwells upon its nature and different approaches to its classification;

3) the practical part which shows the ways of conveying the lexical meaning of expressions; describe the found equivalents ( full and partial) in the languages;

4) the conclusions which summarize the research results given in the practical part of the presented course paper.

The vocabulary of a language is enriched not only by words but also by phraseological units.

The stable expression or the idiom is a group of words whose meaning as a group is different from the meaning those words would have if you considered each one separately. Idiomatic units are word-groups that cannot be made in the process of speech; they exist in the language as ready-made units. N. M. Rayevska defines idiom (idiomatic phrase) as a phrase, developing a meaning which cannot be readily analysed into the several semantic elements which would ordinarily be expressed by the words making up the phrase. It transcends the ordinary syntactic patterns and must be studied as an indivisible entity, in itself.

Idioms make the language more picturesque. They make each language more individual, colourful and rich. Idioms reflect the past history of the nation, its traditions and customs, folk-songs and fairy-tales, as well as its culture.

The word information as the most frequent used now word denoting some facts or details about something / somebody, which in the course of time obtained a great number of different meanings and different translation. In combination with other words it can make up a vast range of stable phrases and idioms. This action and word is widely used in different communicative situations, styles and provinces of life. That is why it has acquired various shades of meaning and become the part of stable phrases, some idioms and expressions.

I have chosen this topic, because I think the process of transferring the information and the subject information are very important sense of human beings and in every language of the world there are expressions concerning the subject information and a great number of stable phrases and idioms to this word and notion. But as languages and cultures differ, these phrases are not absolutely the same. I find it interesting to look for information, to search for it in books or Internet, to become deeper into details and I am going never look back after finishing it.

Thus, these steps of analysis will aid in better understanding of the very essence of phrases denoting the subject information in general and in particular.



1.1.1.   Idiomatic and stable expressions : meanings and definitions.

The presented work is aimed at conducting the analysis of the idiomatic and stable phrases, concerning the subject information or the process of the information transfer in English and Ukrainian. That is why it is essential to provide research into characteristics of the idiomatic and stable expressions in English and Ukrainian .

Idiomatic or phraseological expressions are structurally, lexically and semantically fixed phrases or sentences having mostly the meaning, which is not made up by the sum of meanings of their component parts1. An indispensable feature of idiomatic (phraseological) expressions is their figurative, i.e., metaphorical nature and usage. It is this nature that makes them distinguishable from structurally identical free combinations of words Cf.: red tape (free word-comb.) - red tape (idiom) (); the tables are/were turned (free word-comb.) / - the tables are fumed (idiom) ; /; play with fire (free word-comb.) - (idiom).

On rare occasions the lexical meaning of idiomatically bound expressions can coincide with their direct, i.e., not transferred meaning, which facilitates their understanding as in the examples like: to make way ; to die a dog's death ; to receive a hero's welcome ; wait a minute/a moment / ; to tell (you) the truth / ; to dust one's coat/jacket / - (idiom).

Some proper names can also be endowed with figurative meaning and possess the


1 See: .. . - .: . , 1972. Martin H. Manser. A Dictionary of Contemporary Idioms. - London, Pan Books Ltd., 1983.

necessary expressiveness which are the distinguishing features of idioms2: Croesus, Tommy (Tommy Atkins), Yankee, Mrs. Grundy, Jack Ketch, etc. These proper names have acquired their constant meaning and can not be confused with usual (common) proper names of people. As a result their transferred meaning is conveyed in a descriptive way. So Mrs. Grundy means , , ; Jack Ketch ; Croesus , ; Tommy Atkins ; Yankee (in Europe) /, etc.

Idiomatic/phraseological expressions should not be mixed up with different fixed/set prepositional, adjectival, verbal and adverbial phrases the meaning of which is not an actual sum of meanings made up by their constituent parts either: by George, by and by, for all of, for the sake of, cut short, make believe; or compounds like: topsyturvy, higledy-piggledy; coordinate combinations like: high and dry, cut and run, touch and go; Tom, Dick and Harry, etc. These and a lot of other stable expressions can very often be treated as standardized collocations. Their meaning can be rendered in a descriptive way too, like that of genuine idiomatic expressions: fifty-fifty ; ; ., , ; cut short , / (), ().

Such and the like stable expressions, like most of other standardized collocations, have usually a transparent meaning and are easier to translate than regular idioms (the so-called phraseological fusions). Meanwhile it is next to impossible to guess, for example, the meaning of the English idiom Hobson's choiceirom the seemingly transparent meanings of its componental parts. Only a philological inquiry helps establish the meaning of the name and the real sense of the idiom -no choice whatsoever, acceptance of what is offered .

Many other English and Ukrainian picturesque idioms, proverbs and sayings, which have national literary imagesmust also be similarly treated and they also reflect the traditions, customs, the way of conduct or the mode of life of a nation. Their meaning, due to absence of similar idioms in the target language, can be rendered descriptively, i.e. through a regular explication. The latter, depending on the semantic


2 See: Collins V.N. A Book of English Idioms. - .: , 1950. - . .. . - : . ., 1969.

structure of the source language idiom, may be sometimes achieved in the target language with the help of a single word. Cf.: English: an odd/queer fish ; Canterbury tale , ; blue bonnet ( ) ; crammed; to be chilled. Most often, however, the meaning of this kind of idioms is conveyed with the help of free word-combinations: to dine with Duke Humphrey ( ); to cut off with a shilling . Similarly in Ukrainian: to go quickly (or very quickly) on one's feet; ' to have great experience in something; / ' to run away quickly/hurriedly.

It goes without saying that none of the phraseologisms above can be translated word-for-word since their constituent images would lose their connotative, i.e., metaphorical meaning in the target language. So, or could be understood by the Ukrainian language speakers in their literal meaning. The same can be said about our idiom , i.e., * with one's legs on the shoulders which would never be understood, when translated literally, by the English language native speakers. Therefore, the componental images, when mechanically transplanted to the target language, may often bring about a complete destruction of the idiomatic expression.

The choice of the way of translation of this kind of idioms may be predetermined by the source language context or by the existence/absence of contextual equivalents for the idiomatic/stable expression in the target language. Thus, in the examples below units of this kind can be translated into Ukrainian either with the help of a single word or with the help of a standardized phraseological expression: to give a start ; to give heart to one , ; the weaker vessel (facet) ( ; ; ), the Holy Mother .

Not infrequently the meaning of a standardized collocation (after Acad. V.V.Vinigradov) like that of a regular idiom may have synonymous single word equivalents in the target language. The choice of the equivalent is predetermined then by the meaning of the standardized collocation/phraseologism and by the style of the sentence where it is used: to make sure (), ; to make comfort ; to take place ; ; the world and his wife yci.

Similarly treated are also traditional combinations which have in the target language several stylistically neutral free equivalents (words or word-combinations) as: to run a risk , , to apply the screw ( ); to drop like a hot potato , , .

Faithful translating of a large number of picturesque idiomatic/ phraseological expressions, on the other hand, can be achieved only by a thorough selection of variants having in the target language a similar to the original lexical meaning, and also their picturesqueness and expressiveness. This similarity can be based on common in the source language and in the target language componental images as well as on the structural form of them. As a result, the meaning of such idioms is mostly guessed by the students, which generally facilitates their translation.

A few examples will suffice to prove it. English: a grass widow (widower) ' (); not to see a step beyond one's nose ; measure twice and cut once , ; not for love or money / ; Ukrainian: / , , (not to know chalk from cheese); , all cats are grey in the dark, , , , ( ) like father, like son; not a cat's/dog's chance /, () (he) has not all his buttons, etc.

It often happens that the target language has more than one semantically similar/analogous phraseological expression for one in the source language. The selection of the most fitting variant for the passage under translation should be based then not only on the semantic proximity of the idioms/phraseologisms but also on the similarity in their picturesqueness, expressiveness and possibly in their basic images. The bulk of this kind of phraseological expressions belong to the so-called phraseological unities. (Vinogradov). Here are some Ukrainian variants of the kind of English phraselogisms: either win the saddle or loose the horse , ; , ; many hands make work light , ; ; ; - ; a man can die but once ; , ; ; , ; haste makes waste/the more haste, the less speed - , - , - .

A number of phraseological units, due to their common source of origin, are characterized in English and Ukrainian by partial or complete identity of their syntactic structure, their componental images, picturesqueness and expressiveness (and consequently of their meaning). Such kind of idioms often preserve a similar or even identical word order in the source language and in the target language. Hence, they are understood and translated by our students without difficulties: to cast pearls before swine ; to be born under a lucky star ; to cherish/warm a viper in one's bosom ; to be/ fall between Scilla and Charybdis / .

One of the peculiar features of this type of idiomatic expressions is their international nature. Only few of them have phraseological synonyms of national flavour, being thus restricted to corresponding speech styles, whereas international idioms predominantly belong to the domain of higher stylistic level.

National/colloquial variants of international idiomatic substitutes, therefore, always differ considerably by their picturesqueness, expressiveness and their lexical meaning. They are only semantically analogous to genuine equivalents, which may sometimes lack absolute identity in the source language and in the target language (to cross the Styx ; to drop from the clouds ; neither fish nor flesh ).

As can be seen, some international idiomatic expressions slightly differ in English and Ukrainian either in their structural form and lexical/idiomatic meaning or in the images making up the idioms. Thus, the idiomatic expression to fish in troubled waters has in English the plural of waters whereas in its Ukrainian equivalent has a singular form, moreover, the component to fish is detalized and extended to () ; the Society of Jesus is (but not the Order of Jesus) and the Babel of tongues is and not * .

Slight divergences are also observed in several other English and Ukrainian international equivalents: the game is (not) worth the candle (singular) (plural). The idiom a sound mind in a sound body, on the other hand, has a reverse position of its component parts: .

Therefore, each of the above-given idiomatic expressions has either a different form of a component/image, a different word order or a slightly different lexical meaning of a componental part. And yet despite the pointed out divergences such and the like idiomatic expressions/phraseological units do not cease to be absolute equivalents in either of the two languages.

Apart from the kinds of idiomatic expressions singled out on the foregoing pages, there exists in each language a specific national layer of idiomatic/phraseological expressions comprising also proverbs and sayings, which are formed on the basis of componental images pertaining solely to a concrete national language. Such idioms are first of all distinguished by their picturesqueness, their expressiveness and lexical meaning of their own. Due to their national particularity, these idioms/phraseologisms can not and do not have traditionally established literary variants in the target language. As a result, their structural form and wording in different translations may often lack absolute identity. In their rough/interlinear or word-for-word variants they mostly lose their aphoristic/idiomatic nature and thus are often subject to literary perfection: the moon is not seen when the sun shines , / , ; it is a great victory that comes without blood , or , .

Similarly translated are some Ukrainian national phraseologisms into English: , what is spoiled by one fool can not be mended by ten wisemen; - , - small children - smaller troubles, grown-up children - grave troubles.

Isomorphic is also the existence in both the languages of a number of idiomatic expressions which are of regular sentence-type structure containing some common componental parts. Hence, their lexical meaning, nothing to say about their componental images, their picturesqueness and their expressiveness are identical as well. This is predetermined by their common source of origin in English and in Ukrainian: if you run after two hares, you will catch neither , ; a drowning man will catch (snatch) at a straw ( , ); Bacchus has drowned more men than Neptune , ( , ); he who spares the rod spoils the child 볺 , .

As can be noticed from these examples, some English and Ukrainian idiomatic expressions are far from uniform lexically, structurally, and by their componental images, picturesqueness and expressiveness. They do not always spring from the same source of origin either. Because of this a faithful translation of phraseological/idiomatic expressions depends upon some factors the main of which are as follows:

1)  whether the idiomatic expression in the source language and in the target language is of the same/different source of origin;

2) whether the idiomatic expression has in the target language only one, more than one or all componental images in common;

3) whether the componental images, when translated, are perceived by the target language speakers;

4) whether the structural form of the idiomatic expressions can be retained in the target language without any transformations;

5) whether there exists an analogous/similar in sense idiomatic expression in the target language, etc.

All these and some other factors should not be neglected when translating idiomatic/phraseological expressions from and into English. In fact, here exists a regular interdependence between the lexical meaning, the origin, the picturesqueness and the expressiveness of idioms on the one hand and the method of their translating on the other.


This part of the course paper deals with analysis of the ways of faithful rendering the idiomatic and stable expressions concerning subject information in English and Ukrainian. There have been found 207 stable and idiomatic expressions concerning subject information in English and 149 in Ukrainian. The main part of my research investigates stable and idiomatic expressions concerning subject information in English and Ukrainian. The ways of translating of these expressions have been analyzed according to the following classifications: by choosing absolute/complete equivalents, translation of idioms by choosing near equivalents, translation by choosing genuine idiomatic analogies, translating idioms by choosing approximate analogies, descriptive translating of idiomatic and set expressions.


This is the method of translating by which every componental part of the source language idiom is retained in the target language unchanged. The componental parts include all notionals and also the lexically charged functional which contribute to the lexical meaning of the idiomatic/phraseological expression. The notional components also create the main images (the picturesqueness), the expressiveness and the figurative (connotative) meanings of idiomatic expressions. Translating with the help of equivalents is resorted to when dealing with idioms which originate from the same source in both the languages in question. These sources may be:

1) Greek or other mythology: Cassandra warning - (, , ). I have found only one expression, which partly expresses the subject information.

2) ancient history or literature. I did not find any stable and idiomatic expressions concerning subject information neither in English, nor in Ukrainian.

3) the Bible or works based on a biblical plot: to cast the first stone at one . This expression is sometimes used to symbolize the conversation, which started with quarrel. Someone hurts somebody using words

A great many absolute equivalents originate from contemporary literary or historical sources relating to different languages (mainly to French, Spanish, Danish, German, Italian, Arabic). German: da ist der Hundbegraben ; It is used to notify that someone learned a secret, that the information was disclosed.

Translating with the help of monoequivalents, as the absolute equivalents are sometimes called, is very often made use of when dealing with the sentence idioms containing the subject, the predicate, and some other parts of the sentence, though some minor alterations in their structure/word order may not be excluded altogether. Such alterations, however, do not change either the denotative meaning or the componental images, the picturesqueness, expressiveness or connotative meaning of idioms: out of the mouths of babies speaks the truth (wisdom) /; walls have ears , etc.

As has been said, the target language variants of phraseological monoequivalents may sometimes slightly differ in their structure or in the order of words from the source language idioms (cf. hold one`s tongue ). These minor changes in the structural form, however, do not influence in any way the meaning and the expressiveness or picturesqueness of absolute equivalents in the target language.

Not only regular idioms but also many so-called standardized word-combinations, which may often originate in the two languages from a common source, can be translated by absolute equivalents. Due to this, they retain in the target language the semantic identity and the componental structure of the source language units: a word spoken is past recalling , ; to throw light , shoot off ones mouth - etc.

Standardized word-combinations, as will be shown below, can also be translated in some other ways, which is an obvious testimony to the unchangeable inconsistency of the way identified as translation by means of loans (, ).


The meaning of a considerable number of phrase idioms and sentence idioms originating in both languages from a common source may sometimes have, unlike absolute equivalents, one or even most of their components different, than in the target language. Hence, the quality of their images is not identical either, though not necessarily their picturesqueness and expressiveness (if any): measure twice, cut once , ; to go in one ear and out of the other , .

The slight divergences in the near equivalents as compared with the source language idioms can manifest themselves also in some other aspects, as for example:

a) in the structure of the target language variant (cf. to make a long story short );

b) in the omission (or adding) of a componental part in the target language (cf. to come up against a blank wall , );

c) in the substitution of a feature (or image) of the source language phraseological/idiomatic expression for some other (more fitting or traditionally expected) in the target language: to find common ground ;

Similar componental substitutions, both semantic and structural, can be observed in regular standardized collocations and in comparative proverbs or saying as: to throw/shed light ; to ask smb. humbly; to go cap in hand to smb ( ); to listen open-mouthed .

Therefore, faithful translation may be achieved by different methods. Moreover, it must be evident now that translating by means of loans may refer to any method of rendering phraseologisms/idioms which are or may become regular loans in the target language.

In other words, translation of idiomatic expressions by means of loans does not always fully justify the essence of the term as such.


An overwhelming majority of English idiomatic expressions have similar in sense units in Ukrainian. Sometimes these lexically corresponding idiomatic expressions of the source language may also contain easily perceivable for the target language speakers combinations of images as well as similar or identical structural forms. These idiomatic expressions, naturally, are in most cases easily given corresponding analogies in the target language. As a matter of fact, such expressions are sometimes very close in their connotative (metaphorical) meaning in English and Ukrainian as well. Any common or similar traits of idiomatic expressions are the main proof of their being genuine analogies. The latter in each of the two languages comprise also proverbs and sayings as well as the so-called standardized and stable collocations: to have the ready tongue ; beat a dead horse .

Many of such and the like idiomatic expressions may often have two and more analogous by sense variants in the target language. The choice of an analogy rests then with the translator and is predetermined by the style of the text: to poke/thrust one's nose into smth., to pry into smth. , to go in one ear and out of the other , . The number of analogous (similar by sense) expressions for an idiom in the target language may reach a regular row as it is the case with the Ukrainian phraseological expression , , , etc. This idiom may have the following substitutes in different contextual environments: to fall victim to smb.'s tongue, to be always on smb.'s lips, you can get anywhere if you know how to use your tongue; a clever tongue will take you anywhere, he has a ready/glib tongue, he is itching to say it, the word is on the tip of my tongue, he wears his heart on his sleeve, he cannot keep his thoughts to himself, he has a long/loose tongue, he is too fond of talking, to have a quick/ready tongue, to be quick-tongued, to loosen the tongue, to wag one's tongue, to talk too glibly, it slipped out, to babble on and on, to jabber away, to throw words around , etc.


Some source language idiomatic and stable expressions may have a peculiar nature of their componental parts or a peculiar combination of them and thus form nationally peculiar expressiveness and picturesqueness of componental images. The latter constitute some hidden meaning, which is mostly not quite explicit and comprehensible, not transient enough for the foreigner to catch it.

As a result, there exist no genuine phraseological analogies for the units in the target language. Since it is so, their lexical meaning can be expressed by means of only approximate analogies or through explication, i.e., in a descriptive way. These analogies are only to a slight degree similar to the source language idioms, although they may be no less picturesque and expressive than the source language variants: kind words butter no parsnips '; to lose one's breath ; etc.

No need to emphasize that selection of approximate analogies for a translator is no easy task, as the source languages idioms/ phraseologisms often bear some characteristics of a language's traits having no correspondence in the target language.

Many idioms have obscure origin/etymology and selecting of approximate equivalents as any other corresponding semantic variants often requires a linguistic investigation on the part of the translator. For example: to come under fire means to be angrily criticized It may be translated into Ukrainian as .


The meaning of a considerable number of idiomatic as well as stable/set expressions can be rendered through explication only, i.e., in a descriptive way. Depending on the complexity of meaning contained in the source-language idiom, it can be expressed in the target language in some ways:

1)  by a single word: to babble on and on, to jabber away, to throw words around ; to hold one's tongue, to keep one's mouth shut; he/she won't have the heart to say it; to keep a steel tongue in one's head; to bit one's tongue, to shut up ( );

2) when the lexical meaning of an original idiomatic expression is condensed or when it is based on a nationally specific notion/structural form alien to the target language, the idiomatic expression may be conveyed by a sentence or a longer explanation: yes man (yes-man) , , ().

It must be added in conclusion that some English idiomatic/set expressions have a rather transparent lexical meaning and are easy for our students to translate into Ukrainian: walls have ears ; to keep something under wraps - ; to hold ones tongue - ; to lay ones cards on the table - ; to remove scales from somebodys eyes - , ; .

Depending on the speech style of the passage/work, in which the idiomatic/phraseological expressions are used, and taking into account the nature of them (literary, colloquial, historical) some modifications of the above-given methods of translations and even new variants of translation may be suggested by the translator. Nevertheless, the aim of translation will always remain the same, viz. to fully render in the target language the lexical meaning and where possible also the structural peculiarities, the picturesqueness, the expressiveness, and the connotative meaning (if any) of the source language idiomatic or stable expressions and this is far from always easy or even possible. How and with what means it can be achieved will be shown on some examples of rendering the meaning of several national idioms.


As has already been pointed out, some phraseological expressions singled out by Acad. V. Vinogradov as unities and having mostly a transparent meaning may reflect various national features of the source language. The latter may be either of lingual or extralingual nature, involving the national images, their peculiar picturesqueness or means of expression with clear reference to traditions, customs or historical events, geographical position of the source language nation. Such phraseological expressions are often of a simple or composite sentence structure. Being nationally distinct, they can not have in the target language traditionally established equivalents or loan variants. As a result, most of them may have more than one translator's version in the target language. It may be either a regular sense-to-sense variant (an interlinear-type translation) or an artistic literary version rendering in which alongside the lexical meaning is also the aphoristic nature, the expressiveness, the picturesqueness, the vividness, etc. of the source language phraseologism/idiom.

Taking into account the aims pursued and the contextual environment of the idiom, there must be acknowledged at least two main levels of translating the national idioms:

1) the level of the interlinear rendering, i.e., sense-to-sense translation only, which is quite sufficient to faithfully express the lexical meaning of most of these phraseologisms/idioms;

2) the literary/literary artistic level, at which not only the sense but also the expressiveness, the vividness, the picturesqueness and the aphoristic nature (if any) of the idioms should possibly be conveyed as well.

Faithful translation of national idioms/phraseologisms is mostly achieved via deliberate transformations of all kinds performed by the translator. The transformations are aimed at making the national images, the sense and structure of these phraseologic expressions easier for the target language readers/listeners to comprehend. Such transformations, therefore, adjust in many a case the source language idiom as a sense unit to the requirements of the target language bearers.

No need to emphasize that some successful literary artistic translations/variants of specifically national idioms may in the end become regular translation loans of the target language.














A language is a living substance, which evolves under the influence of different factors. Being very flexible English and Ukrainian languages constantly enriche their vocabulary with the words invented by the language speakers, making it more colorful with new idiomatic expressions, and at times refills its stocks with the borrowings and neologisms. English just amazes by its extraordinary linguistic diversity.

It is a language rich in exceptions and spelling traps, where almost every rule is valid 90% of the time. English is a language with a vast idiomatic basis, which makes its learning very exciting and intriguing. There are about 4,000 idioms used in the American English.

In this course paper there was conducted analysis of idiomatic and stable expressions concerning subject information and the process of transferring the information in English and Ukrainian. During the investigation there were analysed 207 English and 149 Ukrainian idiomatic and stable expressions concerning subject information.

Though the difference is not a great, but I suppose that this figure must be taken into consideration. I have chosen this topic, because I think the process of transferring the information is a very important sense of human beings and in every language of the world there is a word denoting the subject information and a great number of idiomatic and stable expressions to this notion. Thus it is obvious that such expressions play an important part in the language. Thus idiomatic and stable phrases enrich the vocabulary and makes the language more colourful and emotionally shadowed. In this course paper expressions which I have found were classified according to such classifications: by choosing absolute/complete equivalents, translation of idioms by choosing near equivalents, translation by choosing genuine idiomatic analogies, translating idioms by choosing approximate analogies, descriptive translating of idiomatic and set expressions.

The aim of my investigation was: to compare and understand which language boasts the greater number of idiomatic expressions concerning subject information and to find differences and similarities in translating these phrases in given languages. My research consisted of the following stages:

first of all I collected idiomatic expressions concerning subject information from Ukrainian and English dictionaries of idioms and from some other dictionaries;

then I devised ways of faithful rendering the idiomatic and stable expressions, which I have found. That presented considerable difficulties as there was a need for a proper classification which could illustrate typical features of translating these stable phrases denoting communication of information in Ukrainian and English.

the forthcoming work was dedicated to the confrontation expressions concerning subject information according to formulated classifications;

During this process I pointed out all the differences and similarities of all phrases concerning subject information in both languages. The great part of investigation belongs to theoretical section which consists of analysis of translation of idiomatic/phraseological and stable expressions in the English and Ukrainian languages. The last stage of the research is a general conclusion to the data obtained.

During all my investigation it was sometimes hard to find direct equivalents to phrases in both languages, but all of them may be easily rendered, but not always as the idiomatic expressions.

Idioms derived from the culture of the nation and from day-to-day life. In real context idioms explain themselves: 9 times out of 10 times, idioms carry their own explanation. The main function of idioms is to paraphrase what is going on, and what is being said.

Idiomatic expressions pervade English and Ukrainian with a peculiar flavor and give it astounding variety, bright character and color. They help language learners understand culture, penetrate into customs and lifestyle of people, and make a deeper insight into history of the country.

To sum up, in this course paper there was conducted analysis of idiomatic and stable expressions denoting the subject information in the English and Ukrainian languages. This niche of language is of great interest since idiomatic and stable phrases have interesting meanings applied in varied situations.

Whilst, the majority of native language speakers can not always know the origin of idioms they use, though as long as they utilize them in every day communication, they know its meaning and feel where it is appropriate to use this or that idiom.

Undoubtedly, the correct usage of English and Ukrainian idioms is finesse, which makes the language of the speaker more vivid and exciting.

















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