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    okok is offline Junior Member
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    Translate to or into?

    Which is the correct form: "I translate from French into English" or "I translate from French to English"? I find many occurrences of both forms and am not sure which one is correct, or what the difference between them is. Thanks in advance for any enlightening explanation.

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    from into

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    from XXX to YYY works, too.

    Here's an example:

    The English Hungarian Online Translator is a tiny and absolutely FREE language software solution. It can be used to translate from English to Hungarian and from Hungarian to English using the internet connection on your device.

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    Thank you both. I have seen such examples myself. What I am trying to understand is whether the two forms mean exactly the same thing or whether there is some difference of meaning between them.

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    I am going from Paris to Wien.
    I translate the text from French to German.

    Parallel.

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    Quote Originally Posted by okok View Post
    Thank you both. I have seen such examples myself. What I am trying to understand is whether the two forms mean exactly the same thing or whether there is some difference of meaning between them.
    No difference to me.

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    I am going from Paris to Wien.
    I translate the text from French to German.

    Parallel.
    I think 'into' is preferred - there is no parallel with 'going' because in translating your are changing something into something else, and for verbs denoting a change in state we generally use 'into' eg turn/convert/change/transform.

    Have you translated the text into French yet? ('to French' sounds wrong to me)

    Few of Shakespeare's plays have been translated into ballets.

    We do, however, say (with optional hyphens):

    French to English dictionary
    French to English translation

    just as we would:

    hydrogen to helium conversion

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    Re: Translate to or into?

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    there is no parallel with 'going' because in translating your are changing something into something else,
    change in location (state), change in wording (state)

    I do not like philosophy very much.

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    I think 'into' is preferred
    MY sentiments.

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