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|Dutch to English translations [PRO]|
|Dutch term or phrase: om de week|
|Help! I am having a dispute with my client about this ... he states categorically that it means "every week". I say it means "every other week". Which of us is correct?|
|English translation:every other week|
I'm a Dutch speaker, and I would never say 'om de week' if I mean 'every week'( which would be 'iedere week' or 'elke week')
So, the translator is right in this case to say 'every other week'.
A quick double check in the VanDale dictionary says:
om de week, om de andere week: de ene week wel, de andere niet
so, again 'every other week'.
Selected response from:
Cecilia Coopman, M.A. in Translation
Local time: 13:45
|Oh dear, what a can of worms I opened here! A poll of all the answers gave (I think):|
7 supporting me,
4 in favour of the client and
1 abstention (offering something completely different!)
Thanks a million to all who answered. It was really difficult to choose,
but your answer (Centos) was the one that gave me most comfort.
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
every other week
every week means: iedere week;
every other week means: om de week (de ene week niet, de daaropvolgende week wel).
every other week
Iedere week is every week, om de week is every other week, you are right Gillian!
Kramer's "Business English" has this to say:
om = (periodiek na) every [fortnight &]
which would indicate that the translation of "om de week" would indeed be "every week".
Kramer's then proceeds to give examples:
om de andere dag = every other (every second) day.
Again, this would appear to say that your customer is correct. Otherwise he would have had to writer "om de andere week".
"Laat ons om de week over praten" = Let us talk about it (once) every week.
A close check of VanDale gives the same result, so I am afraid that your customer is right.
Kramer's / VanDale