valeur du différentiel

English translation: differential

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French term or phrase:valeur du différentiel
English translation:differential
Entered by: Jennifer Strachan

16:28 Jul 28, 2007
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Petroleum Eng/Sci / heading in a tender/bid document
French term or phrase: valeur du différentiel
This is a natural gas tender document, in which bidders must give the "valeur du différentiel par gigajoule", as well as the "montant total du différentiel sur la base de la quantité estimée". Could I simply use "average cost per gigajoule" without losing/changing the meaning, or is "differential" commonly used in this context (have not seen it in other tenders, which is why I ask). Thanks!
Jennifer Strachan
Local time: 23:26
depends!
Explanation:
You simply haven't given us enough to go on. It could, as you say, refer to the COST of the differential, if the context lends itself to that interpretation.

However, as you realize, the French are Cartesian (or like to think of themselves as such). Therefore they cannot see a hole, only the contours of the material round a hole! In a same way, a differential, for them, is the thing itself, the abstract, the notion of difference. In English we would just talk about the differential and have done with it; they have to talk about the value/amount/magnitude of the differential.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-28 20:43:50 GMT)
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What does the differential refer to? Production cost? Pollution levels? Staff mortality rates .... ?

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Note added at 5 hrs (2007-07-28 21:38:39 GMT)
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If the meaning is obvious in context - and given that even in French "valeur du différentiel" and, to a lesser extent "montant du différentiel" is ambiguous - just plain "differential" in English will capture perfectly the intended and unintended spirit!
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Bourth (X)
Local time: 05:26
Grading comment
I couldn't agree more. Differential it is then.
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depends!


Explanation:
You simply haven't given us enough to go on. It could, as you say, refer to the COST of the differential, if the context lends itself to that interpretation.

However, as you realize, the French are Cartesian (or like to think of themselves as such). Therefore they cannot see a hole, only the contours of the material round a hole! In a same way, a differential, for them, is the thing itself, the abstract, the notion of difference. In English we would just talk about the differential and have done with it; they have to talk about the value/amount/magnitude of the differential.

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Note added at 4 hrs (2007-07-28 20:43:50 GMT)
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What does the differential refer to? Production cost? Pollution levels? Staff mortality rates .... ?

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Note added at 5 hrs (2007-07-28 21:38:39 GMT)
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If the meaning is obvious in context - and given that even in French "valeur du différentiel" and, to a lesser extent "montant du différentiel" is ambiguous - just plain "differential" in English will capture perfectly the intended and unintended spirit!

Bourth (X)
Local time: 05:26
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Grading comment
I couldn't agree more. Differential it is then.
Notes to answerer
Asker: Given that this is a natural gas tender, the differential is for the cost per Gj of gas and, in the second instance, the TOTAL differential cost after the quantity of gas to be supplied has been considered (this is in a table, so there are no longer sentences!). However, I've been checking the Aeco C & N.I.T site, and they simply refer to the differential, or (given their context) the market differential. (see http://www.enerdata.com/cgprsamp.pdf, page 2).

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