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04:05 Jan 24, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Basisarbeit
Business English!
Susanne Reinecke

Summary of answers provided
Alexander Schleber
naconstituency-level work, groundwork
nabackground work



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background work

or 'groundwork' for a deeper study ? Duden Oxford gives the translation "(political) work at a grass roots level"

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constituency-level work, groundwork


See example and link below:

Based on the constituency-level work of the research project MW 35/91 (Testing of the Transsonic-Technology (now Novafluid =NF) for improvement of existing and creating of new technologies in the milkindustry) there have taken place experiences to heat and homogenice milk to produce some dairy products (joghurt, sourmilk, gouda, camembert) out of such prepared milk.


    Harper Collins Dic.
    Langenscheidt Dic.
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It is the best "short" term, which was also suggested by the same person who sent in "constituency-level work", which just simply won't do. It has nothing to do with business, only politics.

Probably the German author took over the term from politics.
Basisarbeit = work at the grass-roots level (Oxford/Duden).

Another direction of thought could be "Aufbauarbeit" - going towards terms like, "building a business base". More context would have been helpful.

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