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    to translate (in)to English

    I am always confused with this. What is correct:
    to translate into English
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    to translate to English

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    Re: to translate (in)to English

    Только into. А то второе — распространенная ошибка.
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    Или вот еще:
    http://i054.radikal.ru/0910/27/7c2efa0541d5.gif

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    Re: to translate (in)to English

    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    Только into.
    I always thought so, too, but some days ago I saw on this very forum a native correct someone's post and this mistake ("...translate to English...") was not corrected. Also, I see the "to" version often on the Internet.
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    Re: to translate (in)to English

    Quote Originally Posted by Оля
    Quote Originally Posted by Zaya
    Только into.
    I always thought so, too, but some days ago I saw on this very forum a native correct someone's post and this mistake ("...translate to English...") was not corrected. Also, I see the "to" version often on the Internet.
    Olya, I asked my mom... the "professional writer" and she said...
    Quote Originally Posted by Rockzmom's Mom
    I've not faced that question ... I'd probably go with the former rather than the latter ... could be personal choice. No se nada.
    I believe it's because we say "from" and "to" and not "into" so it would be habit to just say "to."
    "Would you translate this FROM blank TO blank," even if INTO would be the correct word choice here.

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    Re: to translate (in)to English

    Let's see... my Concise Oxford Dictionary says about the first meaning it lists: "(often followed by 'into') express the sense of a word, sentence, speech, book etc. in aanother language." In the sense of transformation (he translated water into wine) it says '"followed by 'into'" without 'often'.

    The more American-centered Webster's New Encyclopedic Dictionary does not clearly state an opinion, but has an example sentence using 'translate into'.

    The German PONS Collins says it's "translate (in)to".

    I think it's safe to assume that both are correct. I would personally prefer "into", however.
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