Singular or plural

16:36 Jun 17, 2018
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Swedish to Swedish translations [PRO]
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Swedish term or phrase: Singular or plural

A second question today.

The use of singular or plural in English can be quite subtle at times

Nevertheless, I often find myself using the plural where the Swedish is in the singular

"Om det icke avhjälpta Felet utgör ett väsentligt avtalsbrott kan Beställaren välja att häva Avtalet i enlighet med kapitel 3".

I'd translate this as:

If any non-remedied Defects constitute a serious breach of contract, the Client can choose to terminate the Agreement in accordance with chapter 3.

Would it be ungrammatical or unSwedish if Swedes used the plural in the above Swedish sentence?

Does Swedish favour the singular compared to English or is this my imagination?

Once again, thanks in advance for any insights.


Local time: 11:08

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Sven Petersson

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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5

Pleas note also that:
häva ett avtal = break a contract; cancel a contract, not "terminate".

Sven Petersson
Local time: 11:08
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 7
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hello Sven On this other question of "häva", it's not a legal text but I' d wary of using "break a contract" in English as I think it's rather ambiguous between "häva" and "avtalsbrott" which are two very distinct things. I've checked "terminate" now which I normally use and it seems okay on the Internet but otherwise "end" a contract is okay, except that it does not have a nice noun like "termination". But thanks anyway for the input.

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