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|German to English translations [PRO]|
|German term or phrase: use of apostrophe to mean thousands|
|I believe that I have seen this done in German before, but am not certain.|
"Es stehen am Donnerstag ca. 20-30' Stück zur Auslieferung bereit."
The documents I am translating involve a problem where parts were sent to be plated, and 100,000 of them are awaiting processing at the plating facility. In the meantime, the customer who is to receive the plated parts is in danger of haveing to shut down his own production for lack of parts. Therefore, having only 20 to 30 parts ready for delivery on Thursday makes no sense, and it must be 20 - 30,000.
I am pretty sure the apostrophe is used in German as an abbreviation for thousands, but would appreciate confirmation, if anyone can give it.
Lots of different answers, here another one: I studied Business Administration in Germany and we used ' as thousands, '' as millions, ''' billions and so on.
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The Oxford Guide to the English Language only lists and apopstophe as being uised for an "omission" such as '96 for 1996.
No other mention of any use with nulmers is made.
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May be Swiss
I do a lot of work for German-speaking Swiss companies and they almost always use ' as a separator for 000s, i.e. 200'000 instead of 200 000 or 200.000 as used in Germany, but I've never seen it used as you describe. Perhaps it's some very lazy sort of shorthand as with our 200k.
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yes, we use apostrophe to mean thousands
I live in Germany and work at a German bank. My colleages and I use apostrophe to mean thousands. For example:
financial information: someone earns 30' DM a year.
Local time: 16:16
Native speaker of: German, English
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