Usage of False Friends Rule

False friends can be used for checking texts in two different situations:

  • in texts written in a language that is not user's mother tongue, which is why the user tends to use false cognates;
  • in texts translated from another language: unexperienced, busy or distracted translators can easily use false friends in translation.

False friends as a tool for checking translations

In that case, set the "mother tongue" option to the language of the source text.

Understanding false friends rules

Take an example:

<rulegroup id="ABNEGATION">
    <rule>
      <pattern lang="en">
        <token>abnegation</token>
      </pattern>
      <translation lang="pl">poświęcenie</translation>
    </rule>
    <rule>
      <pattern lang="pl">
        <token inflected="yes">abnegacja</token>
      </pattern>
      <translation lang="en">slovenliness</translation>
      <translation lang="en">untidiness</translation>
    </rule>
  </rulegroup>

This rule specifies that whenever you have "abnegation" in an English text and "mother tongue" option set to Polish, a warning will appear that "abnegation" means "poświęcenie" in Polish.

If you, however, are dealing with a Polish text checked with the option "mother tongue" set to English, you will see a warning for every instance of Polish word "abnegacja"; it will tell you that actually in Polish, it means the same as English "slovenliness" or "untidiness".

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