To the Americans out there - More lexis than linguistics but
Thread poster: Lorraine Bathurst

Lorraine Bathurst
United Kingdom
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Aug 18, 2011

... don't know where else to put this question.
I am translating a tender document about manufacturing. I always use Tender and Tenderer for the noun and personal noun for UK English - are these terms in common use in the US or is bid /bidder preferred in this context?



inagiel  Identity Verified
United States
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Tender or Tenderer Aug 18, 2011

If you mean "tender" as privilaged, then the correct use in US would be sensitive. Sensitive in this case would refer to documents that are to be viewed only by select, pre-approved group of people not open to all.

[Edited at 2011-08-18 22:01 GMT]


Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
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German to English
bid/bidder common in the US Aug 18, 2011

Here's a US government site for bidder registration:

A state government site:

"Tender/tenderer" would also be perfectly understandable to American readers.


Jenn Mercer  Identity Verified
United States
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bid/bidder Aug 19, 2011

I see tender used in the U.S., but the more common term is bid/bidder.


neilmac  Identity Verified
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Both work Aug 19, 2011

But in my experience "bidder" is more commonly used both in UK and US English (and easier to pronounce!).

For example, I might use tender/er as synonyms to break up the excessive repetition often found in these contexts, but at a lower frequency than bid/der.

[Edited at 2011-08-19 09:16 GMT]


Tina Vonhof
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Both Aug 19, 2011

Since 'tenderer' is a rather awkward word, it would be ok to use 'tender' and 'bidder' , also to introduce a little variation in the text if they occur frequently.

[Edited at 2011-08-19 15:39 GMT]


Mark Hamlen  Identity Verified
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Legal writing Aug 19, 2011

I wouldn't worry whether to use bid/bidder or tender/tenderer, they are both used internationally. But I am rather surprised that some people are advising to use them interchangeably within a single text. Legal writing is precise and repetition is not only acceptable, but often essential. I would never refer to a bidder as a tenderer or vice versa just to vary the text and "improve the style." If there are disputes later over the text or the contract, the question could arise whether these are different parties.


Teresa Reinhardt  Identity Verified
United States
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With Mark Aug 20, 2011

For AE, I would prefer bid/bidder, BUT in a technical/legal text, I would never vary (that must come from the German horror repetitionis, but believe me, it does not exist in EN, esp. where precision is required.)


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