Voi/Lei for instructions.
Thread poster: Susanna Garcia

Susanna Garcia  Identity Verified
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Apr 7, 2009

I'm translating instructions into Italian regarding traffic infringements. It was meant to be proofing but there you go; it won't happen again.
I'm wavering between 'voi' and 'lei'. Using 'si' isn't always possible. Italian sites use both/either or even a mixture.
I'd appreciate some guidance please.
Suzi


 

G Talamini  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:00
English to Italian
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Voi/Lei Jul 24, 2009

Hi Susanna.
It's always best to use the impersonal form in instructions, but as you say it's not always possible, I'd opt for the "Lei" form, as "Voi" is used as a polite formonly if you're actually speaking to several people.
I hope I answered your questionicon_smile.gif If you posted a short sample of what you're translating I could give you a better opinion though!


 


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