[texhax] (OT) English native speaker needed -- translation problem

Susan Dittmar Susan.Dittmar at gmx.de
Wed Apr 6 16:05:17 CEST 2011

Quoting Henry Law:
> On 06/04/11 14:13, Susan Dittmar wrote:
> >How would one write---as short as possible---"on page 31 and those
> >following"?
> >
> >In German, this would be "Seite 31 ff".
> Yes, "page 31ff" is normal in English.  Interesting that it's the same 
> in German.  It looks as if your translation was done by someone who was 
> a good English speaker but wasn't familiar with the "technical" jargon 
> in English, and particularly that it was the same as it is in German!

Had he used 'ff.', I just would have copied it...
The original was "§§ 145 ff. BGB", the translation 
"Arts. 145 following BGB". This felt totally wrong to me, especially as I
was told---by one who should know---that in German juridical practice
no collection of laws has "articles" except for the German Constitution.

Thanks for all those answers! I learned something new again :-)


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