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I'm new at translating for the internet, so I'm unsure of some of the conventions that seem to be set in place. I translated one message for OpenImages, simply "Open images", with the 'open' in the imperative, for that is what seemed appropriate. However, when I went on to translate "Search", the suggested translations were in the infinitive.

It makes sense to me, honestly, to put them in the infinitive; after all, it is not truly a command to 'search' or 'open,' but rather showing a way in which one could perform those designated actions. However, strictly grammatically speaking, I was taught that commands=imperative, so I am experiencing some confusion.


tl;dr -- So, basically I am wondering if the precedent was to put commands in the infinitive instead of the imperative.

22:04, 6 June 2011

The same issue is discussed also in Thread:Portal_talk:Os/Imperative_in_option_messages?

08:52, 7 June 2011

Thank you for the link.

19:20, 7 June 2011

I have drafted a small piece on verb forms on the Translators' forum. Any additions/improvements are welcome.

12:44, 8 June 2011

Added some links. I'm not sure it is a good idea to advocate so strongly to ignore established conventions.

14:50, 8 June 2011

Feel free to amend wording. Have had a go at rewording myself also.

16:33, 8 June 2011