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    Question The word for "year" as a text item

    Dear English-speaking people,
    While translating a wristwatch description into English, I've run into a funny problem.
    The original text (in Czech language) says, that the watch case contains three years as items of print - the print literally shows "1918 - 1989 - 2019".
    I cannot really write that the case contains three years. That just sounds wrong to me.
    However I cannot find any suitable word or expression to write this in English. (The Czech language has one).
    I appreciate all your help.

    PS: I hope the thread title is not confusing!
    Last edited by Jigster; 12-Nov-2019 at 16:04. Reason: specified the translation language

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    What do you mean by "the watch case contains three years as items of print"? Do you mean there are three small pieces of paper inside the box and they each have a year written on them? Or are the years printed/engraved onto the case itself?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Do you mean there are three small pieces of paper inside the box and they each have a year written on them?
    Yes, that is exactly what I meant


    They are actually engraved. It seems that my understanding of the word "contain" was a bit wrong. Then I have another question: What word would I use instead of "contain" to avoid passive voice?

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    Includes?

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    I'm not really up on my watch terminology. To me, the term "watch case" might mean:
    1. The metal housing that has the working parts inside
    2. The box the watch comes in

    It sounds like #2 is correct, in which case I suggest: Engraved in the presentation case (fancy words for box) are the three years, 1918, 1989, and 2019. I assume there is to be some further 'exposition' explaining why those particular years are so important...

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    Ah, yes! I assumed we were talking about the box it comes in. However, the fact that it's engraved makes me think that perhaps we are actually talking about the metal back of the watch.

    Having said that, I asked if there was a piece of paper in the box with three years written on it, and the response was (confusingly) "Yes, that is exactly what I meant", followed by "They are actually engraved".

    So, Jigster, which one is it? Are the years written on a piece of paper inside the box or are they engraved on the back of the watch? Help us out here!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    I'm pretty sure, emsr2d2, that when you asked:

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What do you mean by "the watch case contains three years as items of print"? Do you mean there are three small pieces of paper inside the box and they each have a year written on them? Or are the years printed/engraved onto the case itself?
    and Jigster answered:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jigster View Post
    Yes, that is exactly what I meant
    ... he misunderstood your question. He really means that the years are engraved into the metal case (i.e., the back) of the watch.

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    Re: The word for "year" as a text item

    Anyway, to answer the question (if it's still required), I think the verb includes would be appropriate.

    The watch case includes engravings of three years.

    We don't have a special word to refer to the way we represent specific years in writing. You just have to call them years.

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