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04:49 Aug 10, 2000
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: abrufen - abrufbar
I have been having trouble with these terms for years. When I look in my 4 or 5 computer dictionaries, I get the terms (plus others) shown in my draft translation of the sentence below. Somebody told me once that "call up" was only for a program (or conscription, but that's another story) and that the other terms were for information in files, databases, etc. I would like to use "retrieve" in this case. Which would you use, or is there another better term?

The sentence is from a description of e-commerce platform functionality. Here is the sentence and my draft translation:

"Price lists or ordering terms can be quickly called up/retrieved/requested/fetched." = "Preislisten oder Bestellbedingungen sind für den Interessierten unmittelbar abrufbar."

- TIA - Dan
Dan McCrosky
Local time: 02:57
English translation:retrieve/retrievable
Explanation:
I would say the above. For eample I might want to retrieve an address from an electronic database. This is widely used in UK. Hope this helps Claire
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Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:57
Grading comment
Everybody seems to agree. I did use available for abrufbar once to avoid using retrieve too often. Claire was here first. Thanks to everyone. - Dan
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Summary of answers provided
naretrieve/retrievableBeth Kantus
naretrieve retrievable; getNancy Schmeing
naretrieve/retrievableAgius Language & Translation
naretrieve/retrievableAgius Language & Translation


  

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2 mins
retrieve/retrievable


Explanation:
I would say the above. For eample I might want to retrieve an address from an electronic database. This is widely used in UK. Hope this helps Claire

Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:57
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 132
Grading comment
Everybody seems to agree. I did use available for abrufbar once to avoid using retrieve too often. Claire was here first. Thanks to everyone. - Dan
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3 mins
retrieve/retrievable


Explanation:
I would say the above. For eample I might want to retrieve an address from an electronic database. This is widely used in UK. Hope this helps Claire

Agius Language & Translation
United Kingdom
Local time: 01:57
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 132
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1 hr
retrieve retrievable; get


Explanation:
Your instincts agree with the Microsoft glossary, a formidable CSV file I use for the last word on these usages. They use retrieve for numerous "get" functions. They use get almost as frequently, but usually when getting specific information. E.g.:

WINS encountered an exception while retrieving data records
Retrieving secured document

WINSCTRS could not get the WINS statistics
The workstation was unable to get the name-number of the computer.




    Microsoft CSV German-English glossary ge_nt40, off the Net.
Nancy Schmeing
Canada
Local time: 20:57
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 328
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1 hr
retrieve/retrievable


Explanation:
Not to sound redundant, but just to confirm your choice. To me this says that interested parties (customers) can retrieve price lists and/or ordering terms directly.

Beth Kantus
United States
Local time: 20:57
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 924
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