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English translation: every two weeks

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English term or phrase:two-weekly
English translation:every two weeks
Entered by: Christina Clark
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07:19 Aug 8, 2002
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Medical - Medical: Instruments / Medical instrument
English term or phrase: two-weekly
Recommended two-weekly maintenance.

Now, would that be 'biweekly' or 'twice a week'?
Christina Clark
Denmark
Local time: 20:25
every two weeks
Explanation:
That is how I would understand it.

Bi-weekly, by contrast, probably means twice a week.

I hope that is of some help to you.

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Note added at 2002-08-08 07:25:24 (GMT)
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It appears that bi-weekly is an inherently ambiguous term which, for that reason, it might be best to avoid. See the following authoritative definition:-

bi·weekly:-

Happening every two weeks.
Happening twice a week; semiweekly.

n. pl. bi·week·lies
A publication issued every two weeks.

adv.
Every two weeks.
Twice a week; semiweekly.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Biweekly \\Bi\"week`ly\\, a. [Pref. bi- + weekly.] Occurring or appearing once every two weeks; fortnightly. -- n. A publication issued every two weeks. -- Bi\\\"week\\\"ly, adv.
Source: Webster\'s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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biweekly adj : occurring every two weeks [syn: fortnightly] adv : every two weeks; \"he visited his cousins fortnightly\" [syn: fortnightly]
Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University
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Note added at 2002-08-08 07:28:04 (GMT) Post-grading
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In view of all this uncertainty it might be best to stick to more ordinary, but perfectly clear expressions, like:-

\"recommended to be serviced every two weeks\"
\"recommended fortnightly maintenance\"

or

\"recommended to be serviced twice a week\"
\"recommended twice-weekly maintenance\".
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xxxR.J.Chadwick
Local time: 02:25
Grading comment
Yes, you're right. Had I had a closer look at the text first, I would probably have noticed that 'two-weekly' came between 'weekly' and 'monthly' maintenance.....
Thanks anyway! ;-)
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every two weeks


Explanation:
That is how I would understand it.

Bi-weekly, by contrast, probably means twice a week.

I hope that is of some help to you.

--------------------------------------------------
Note added at 2002-08-08 07:25:24 (GMT)
--------------------------------------------------

It appears that bi-weekly is an inherently ambiguous term which, for that reason, it might be best to avoid. See the following authoritative definition:-

bi·weekly:-

Happening every two weeks.
Happening twice a week; semiweekly.

n. pl. bi·week·lies
A publication issued every two weeks.

adv.
Every two weeks.
Twice a week; semiweekly.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Biweekly \\Bi\"week`ly\\, a. [Pref. bi- + weekly.] Occurring or appearing once every two weeks; fortnightly. -- n. A publication issued every two weeks. -- Bi\\\"week\\\"ly, adv.
Source: Webster\'s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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biweekly adj : occurring every two weeks [syn: fortnightly] adv : every two weeks; \"he visited his cousins fortnightly\" [syn: fortnightly]
Source: WordNet ® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University
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Note added at 2002-08-08 07:28:04 (GMT) Post-grading
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In view of all this uncertainty it might be best to stick to more ordinary, but perfectly clear expressions, like:-

\"recommended to be serviced every two weeks\"
\"recommended fortnightly maintenance\"

or

\"recommended to be serviced twice a week\"
\"recommended twice-weekly maintenance\".

xxxR.J.Chadwick
Local time: 02:25
Grading comment
Yes, you're right. Had I had a closer look at the text first, I would probably have noticed that 'two-weekly' came between 'weekly' and 'monthly' maintenance.....
Thanks anyway! ;-)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Kemal Mustajbegovic: once a fortnight
5 mins
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agree  xxxKanta Rawat: something happening in two weeks
4 hrs
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