Por Nick Potter
In this series we look at real-life examples of the most common mistakes in English by native Spanish lawyers – and how you can avoid them. These and loads more invaluable tips are available in my e-book / paperback, 50 English Tips for Spanish Professionals.
relevant and eventual
What are false friends?
Well, some words or expressions in one language look similar to those in another. So they probably mean the same thing, right? Very often, they do not. To give an everyday example, a Spaniard who is constipado and tells English colleagues that he is “constipated” might wonder why they are looking at him strangely or offering a cereal bar. Constipated means estreñido, you see. Constipado means having a cold.
|A||Business research needs to be more relevant for managers|
|B||If we are instructed in a relevant international deal, the increase of the current revenues would be relevant|
|C||A relevant number of toll roads built since 2000 are insolvent and face nationalisation|
|D||If the fees payable to the third party contractors under these agreements are relevant, the Service Provider shall obtain the Company’s prior approval|
|A||Business research needs to be more relevant for managers [CORRECT]|
|B||If we are instructed in a |
|D||If the fees payable to the third party contractors under these agreements are |
The most dangerous false friends are those that not only have a different meaning - they can have the opposite meaning
|A||This is to avoid eventual complaints from customers in the interim period|
|B||We do not have information on eventual inspections by the SEPBLAC in recent years|
Ø The combination of a currency link and weak economic policies doomed Greece to its eventual crisis.
Ø Eventual inflation is inevitable.
Ø Deal paves way for eventual IPO. [Here, the IPO (salida a bolsa) is something expected to happen at the end of a process started by the deal].
|A||This is to avoid |
|B||We do not have information on |