English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – CORRESPONDENCE, PERSONAL NAMES AND TITLES, NAMES OF BODIES, GENDER-NEUTRAL LANGUAGE

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CORRESPONDENCE Translating incoming letters. If a letter is in an editable electronic format, simply overtype the original, though you need not translate irrelevant detail. However, if the letter cannot be overtyped, use a simple layout such as follows: Letter from: … Read More

Ireland Translation Style Guide

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Full name: Ireland. Ireland is the full name laid down in the Irish Constitution; Éire (the name in Irish) and Republic of Ireland/Irish Republic are incorrect in English. Official languages: English and Irish. Note that Irish became an EU official … Read More

English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – LISTS, SCIENCE GUIDE, FOOTNOTES, CITATIONS AND REFERENCES

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LISTS Use automatic numbering wherever possible, since it is much easier to amend a list if the numbers are automatically adjusted. For the list items themselves, take care that each is a grammatically correct continuation of the introduction to the … Read More

Iceland Translation Style Guide

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Full name: Republic of Iceland. Official language: Icelandic. Judicial bodies Rannsóknarnefnd (Alþingis) > Special Investigation Commission Sérstaks saksóknari > Special Prosecutor Félagsdómur > Labour Court Héraðsdómur > district court Hæstiréttur > Supreme Court Landsdómur > Court of Impeachment

English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – PARTS OF SPEECH

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ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS Biannual/biennial. ‘Biannual’ means twice a year and ‘biennial’ means every two years, but the terms are often confused. If the meaning is not clear from the context, use alternatives such as ‘twice-yearly’ or ‘two-yearly’ or clarify what … Read More

Hungary Translation Style Guide

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Full name: Hungary. Official language: Hungarian. Geography Cities Always use the Hungarian names of cities (retaining any accents) when writing in English. Lakes Write Lake Balaton for Balaton. Regions MAGYARORSZÁG > HUNGARY Közép-Magyarország > Central Hungary Dunántúl > Transdanubia Közép-Dunántúl … Read More

English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – FOREIGN IMPORTS

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FOREIGN WORDS AND PHRASES IN ENGLISH TEXT Foreign words and phrases used in an English text should be italicised (no inverted commas) and should have the appropriate accents, e.g. inter alia, raison d’être. Exceptions: words and phrases now in common … Read More

English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS

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ABBREVIATIONS General. The prime consideration when using abbreviations should be to help the reader. First, then, they should be easily understood. So when an abbreviation that may not be familiar to readers first occurs, it is best to write out … Read More

Germany Translation Style Guide

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Full name: Federal Republic of Germany. The full name is no longer obligatory in all contexts, as was the case before unification. Official language: German. Geography Cities Use the forms Cologne, Munich and Nuremberg. Otherwise, retain the original spelling, including … Read More

English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – NUMBERS

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General. In deciding whether to write numbers in words or figures, the first consideration should be consistency within a passage. As a general rule write low numbers (up to nine inclusive) in words and larger numbers (10 and above) in … Read More

France Translation Style Guide

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Full name: French Republic. The départements d’outre-mer (DOM) are the (French) overseas departments in English. Do not abbreviate. The pays et térritoires d’outre-mer (PTOM) are the overseas countries and territories (OCTs in English). Official language: French. Geography Cities Write Lyon, … Read More

English Translation Style Guide for EU – Writing English – APOSTROPHE

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Possessive of nouns. The possessive form of nouns is marked by an apostrophe followed by an -s. After the plural ending ‘s’, however, the possessive -s is omitted: the owner’s car women’s rights footballers’ earnings one month’s / four months’ … Read More

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