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    Translate (in)to

    Hello, I decided to ask for your assistance again.
    What is the principal difference between translate into and translate to?
    Do I understand correctly that the latter form usually refers to more general situations than the former one? (For example, He translated this sentence into English, but This translator translates from *** to***).

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    Re: Translate (in)to

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackMax View Post
    Hello, I decided to ask for your assistance again.
    What is the principal difference between translate into and translate to?
    Do I understand correctly that the latter form usually refers to more general situations than the former one? (For example, He translated this sentence into English, but This translator translates from *** to***).
    I would use "into" in both cases.

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    Re: Translate (in)to

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "into" in both cases.
    Thanks for your view, but I'd like to know if the preposition to is correct from a grammatical standpoint, and where (if the answer is "yes").

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    Re: Translate (in)to

    Prepositional choice is not grammatical IMO- there's a need for a preposition, but grammar doesn't tell use which- meaning and collocation do that. You can use to with translate, though into is more common. I think that the proximity of the other preposition is the factor that makes it more likely to hear to being used than in the other example. As you can say 'He translated it to English', the rule you're looking for would appear not to be there- it's more likely a question of sound, ease and the impact of context and the surrounding words.

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