07:18 Nov 26, 2013
This question was closed without grading. Reason: Other

Swedish to English translations [PRO]
Law/Patents - Law (general)
Swedish term or phrase: ska
(no, this isn't a non-pro question)

The issue here is the meaning of the term "ska," in the context of being used as "ska godkännas."

My question is, does the Swedish term "ska" have to be read as "must" OR can it be "may" -- as in "may be approved."

To give a little more context:

A transfer to a new Swedish company [ska] be permitted ...

Is it possible to get "may be permitted" (conditional) from this, or is only "must be permitted" (mandatory obligation to allow) possible?

(Thanks! for any imput. p.s. no urgency to respond, take you time - whenever convenient)
Local time: 06:03

Summary of answers provided
3 +4shall be/must be/be

Discussion entries: 7



55 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +4
shall be/must be/be

shall be approved, must be approved, or be approved.

Local time: 06:03
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Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 29

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  LilianNekipelov: Shall -- in a legal context, or should.
2 hrs
  -> Thanks, LilianBNekipelo.

agree  George Hopkins
3 hrs
  -> Thanks, George Hopkins.

agree  Anna Herbst
16 hrs
  -> Thanks, Anna Herbst.

agree  Helen Johnson: I have been asked this question before by a customer (not on here) and it is definitely shall or must; or "will" of course, but definitely not "may" - that comes from "kan".
1 day 3 mins
  -> Thanks, Helen.
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