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in ihrer Gesamtheit

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in ihrer Gesamtheit  
von Windfall (GB), 2016-08-22, 14:37  like dislike  Spam?  
Can I translate "in ihrer Gesamtheit" as "between them" here?
Die internen Mitglieder sollen in ihrer Gesamtheit die verschiedenen Fakultäten und Gruppen von Hochschulangehörigen abbilden.
The internal members shall ?between them? represent the various faculties and groups of academic staff.
Or perhaps "as a group"?
The internal members shall as a group represent the various faculties and groups of academic staff.
"In their entirety"/"as a whole" seem strange choices to me in English here, so I'm hoping they can be avoided.
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Above all ... ??    etwas freier  #852246
von sunfunlili (DE/GB), Last modified: 2016-08-22, 14:45  like dislike  Spam?  
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die Zusammensetzung der Mitglieder soll - the composition of the members is intended to   #852253
von Proofreader, 2016-08-22, 14:51  like dislike  Spam?  84.113.16...
Seltsamer Text. Gibt es auch "externe Mitglieder"?
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Well done, Windfall  #852254
von Proteus-, 2016-08-22, 14:53  like dislike  Spam?  194.96.55...
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von Windfall (GB), 2016-08-22, 14:55  like dislike  Spam?  
 #852257
Thanks, all of you. 4;Proteus, does your comment mean you agree with "between them"?
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It most emphatically does  #852261
von Proteus-, 2016-08-22, 15:07  like dislike  Spam?  194.96.55...
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von Windfall (GB), 2016-08-22, 15:18  like dislike  Spam?  
 #852264
Thanks, Proteus :)
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Between / among  #852358
von Catesse (AU), 2016-08-23, 04:11  like dislike  Spam?  
Grammatically speaking, "between" implies that only two people or things are involved. See: "be-TWE-en". Otherwise it should be among. Unless there are only two members, it should be "among themselves".
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von Windfall (GB), 2016-08-23, 09:37  like dislike  Spam?  
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Thanks, Catesse. I didn't know that. I think the meaning of the word has shifted over time, though, as Oxford says that "between" can be used to talk about more than two parties:
4Indicating a connection or relationship involving two or more parties:
the relationship between Pauline and Chris
negotiations between the two companies are continuing
links between science and industry
4.2With reference to a choice or differentiation involving two or more things being considered together:
if you have to choose between two or three different options
More example sentences
5By combining the resources or actions of (two or more people or other entities):
we have created something between us
oxygen and nitrogen between them account for 99 per cent of air
More example sentences
5.1Shared by (two or more people or things):
they had drunk between them a bottle of Chianti
I would actually go so far as to say that in modern British English "among" is falling out of use in this sense. I say this simply on the basis that I read and listen to a lot of English, particularly British English and although "among" is comprehensible to me in this context, it feels like unusual usage.
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Windfall  #852364
von Catesse (AU), 2016-08-23, 09:51  like dislike  Spam?  
Indeed, there are some examples there where "between" would sound very odd, even though there are more than two people involved.
Still. it is a point to be kept in mind.

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