This statement expresses in a deep manner something about his nature.

What would be a proper translation of this phrase. The attempt looks like this:

Это высказывание, глубоко выражает словами кое-что о него сущности.


I would rather rephrase it as

Это высказывание даёт нам понять нечто важное о его сущности

(lit. "This statement lets us understand something important about his nature").

Not exactly the same but sounds much better and get the message across (I hope) approximately in the style you are trying to mimic. Maybe even more bookish I am afraid that there is no way to keep "in a deep manner", though you may link it somewhere else (i.e "expresses something deep about his nature", "expressed something about his true, deep nature"). Note also that "something" is one of the sources of the problem here. As it does not sound bookish and profound to just us "что-то о его сущности", and if fact the whole "tells something about him" sounds kinda informal in Russian, it limits the degree of freedom you have here. You just have to juggle the words around to make it sound right.

Could you clarify what is it exactly you are writing?

"о его" is used without the initial "н". Here "его" is a possessive adjective (his), not a pronoun (him), though, obviously, the possessive form originated as the Genitive form of a pronoun.


To refer to the somewhat downplayed "in a deep manner" part, something like this might also be appropriate here, depending on what is the focus of the original statement (i.e. it is always better to provide additional context for such translations):

"Глубинный смысл данного высказывания позволяет лучше понять его сущность" - note that this is quite formal and to be used in written form or in official public speeches.

Another remark - the translation of the last word may depend on the context, it might also be translated as "характер" or "природа" (less probable but possible) depending on what exactly is to be understood about the person in question.

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    "Глубинный смысл данного высказывания" - выходит что нужно постараться понять глубинный смыл самого высказывания. А на самом деле само высказывание выявляет глубинную сущность чего-то о чем оно высказывается.
    – Artemix
    May 21 '14 at 14:27
  • I will have to disagree - the original statement goes like this: "expresses in a deep manner", in which case "deep" refers to the qualities of the statement itself, not the person (although I do realize that even the original sounds a bit dubious in that particular place). May 21 '14 at 15:15
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    It explicitly says that the statement itself is formulated in a clever, profund way so as to express much about him. Not that the statement has some "deep, hidden meaning", which is obviously a bad idea if you want it to express someone's nature.
    – Shady_arc
    May 21 '14 at 15:19
  • Agree. In any case, "deep" refers to the statement, not the person (at least reading from the original phrase). May 21 '14 at 15:26

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