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A question for German speakers

A question for German speakers

A question for German speakers

(OP)
I'm reviewing a document written by someone whose native language is German and they keep misusing "respectively" to mean something like "or" or perhaps sometimes "particularly".  Can you think of a particular German word they might be thinking of and mistranslating here?

Hg
 

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RE: A question for German speakers

Using FoxLingo translator;

respectively > English to German = beziehungsweise

beziehungsweise > German to English = and/or

RE: A question for German speakers

(OP)
Hmm.  Any insight on a subtle difference between "beziehungsweise" and "oder"?

Hg
 

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RE: A question for German speakers

Here is an example that may be subtle.

Oder is directly translated as or.  For example:

Cars have two or four doors.
Autos haben zwei oder vier Türen.

Beziehungsweise is used for lists where we use respectively.

The cars have two and four doors, respectively.
Die Autos haben zwei beziehungsweise vier Türen.
 

RE: A question for German speakers

(OP)
The context for these is definitely not "respectively".  I did some more poking around and it seems like bzw. can also mean something like "more precisely," or "alternatively".

I changed most of them to "or" with one each of "more precisely", "alternatively", and "particularly".  If they don't like it, I hope they get the drift and come up with something closer to what they want.

Thanks to CBL for tracking down the word.  I don't remember it from 3 semesters of German.

Hg
 

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