On Tue, 30 Jan 2007, Marko Mäkelä wrote:

I was in a bit hurry when writing those translations, so don't take them as written into stone - they do need some polishing.

I agree with you that it is good to maintain a consistent style.
However, "The passive voice should be avoided."  I quickly browsed some
tooltips in GNOME, and I didn't see the passive form anywhere.

Sure, and my Finnish teacher told that one many times too. However, I'm more familiar with it when the object is non-living.

I would rather write "käynnistyy" instead of the foreign "aktivoituu".

But VDR starts ("käynnistää") all plugins already at the beginning and depending on the plugins behaviour it's activated on main menu action, external trigger, ... So, using the "käynnistää" as activate confuses me a bit and I'd avoid using it here, but I can live with it.

But this is not in passive form, is it?  To be consistent with your
suggestion "VDR sammutetaan" ("VDR will be shut down"), it should be
"Laajennos aktivoidaan" or "Laajennos käynnistetään" ("Plugin will be
activated").  That sounds unnecessarily complicated to me, as does
"VDR sammutetaan".  The passive form is used when the subject is not
known.  We know that it is VDR that shuts down itself or activates a
plugin.  The active form is also shorter than the passive form.

Yes and no :) The passive is hidden in to the end ("sammutetaanko?") and the explanation at the start ("Laajennos käynnistyy %ld minuutin kuluttua") doesn't have to be as we aren't expecting any response to it.

Does VDR really shut _itself_ off ("VDR sammuu")? I've always think that it just listens signals from OS that can be generated via the external shutdown script.


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