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I have an Android App which converts numbers from one number system to another. I want to translate it into Russian. All I need is translation of two words- "From" "To"

I used Google Translation services and got some results but when I translated them back to English, they did not give "From" and "To" as results.

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(assuming you need something like HEX→Dec)

  • из + Genitive в + Accusative. For example, "из шестнадцатеричной в двоичную" = "from hexadecimal to binary"

Note that if you do not use a radio button list or a list of abbreviations, that requires oblique forms of words for "base 2", "base 8", "base10", "base 16". Though, they all will end in "-ой" for Genitive and "-ую" for Accusative (instead of "ая" in dictionary form). Again, this only applies if you use whole words and try to sound all natural, like writing it all in a single line or a sentence like "I want to convert 511 from decimal to binary". A simple interface like "511, from:Dec, to:HEX" may use just abbreviations or dictionary forms.

If you are planning to use Russian words for number systems (and do it grammatically) here's the way:

  • look up the required word in the dictionary. Since "number system" is feminine in Russian, you would actually use "-ая" ending, not "-ый/-ий" (bin = двоичная, oct = восьмеричная, dec = десятичная, hex = шестнадцатеричная)
  • replace -ая with -ой for the words in the first list
  • replace -ая with -ую for the words in the second list
  • DONE!
  • makes sense to keep the two lists separate for all languages. Russian is not the only one where the forms are going to be different
  • in Japanese people use postpositions, not prepositions, so you probably will need analogues like "source" and "result" rather than から and に
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  • I have zero knowledge about Russian. All I need to know is that which Russian words should be used for replacing the placeholders "From:" and "To:" – Somil Oct 27 '14 at 8:21
  • I have updated the question with a screenshot. – Somil Oct 27 '14 at 8:42
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    Are you planning on translating names of number systems as well? Из (from) and В (to) will work either way. Just remember that some languages use different forms of "decimal" for source and target state of an action. So it may sound a bit awkward if you just use dictionary feminine forms everywhere (двоичная, восьмеричная, десятичная, шестнадцатеричн**ая**— bin, oct, dec, hex). Changing "-ая" to "-ой" for the first dropdown list and "-ую" for the second one makes it completely grammatical. – Shady_arc Oct 27 '14 at 9:03
  • No I don't want to translate the names of the number systems, only the words "FROM" and "TO". SO what should I replace them with? – Somil Oct 27 '14 at 11:03
  • With из and в, as I said at the very beginning. – Shady_arc Oct 27 '14 at 11:35
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To the Shady_arc's answer I'll add that in case of mail and similar,

From X to Y -> От Х (in Genitive) Y (in Dative)

i. e. From Vasya To Petya -> От Васи Пете

In case you cannot do cases (i.e. X and Y are nicks), I'd suggest:

От: X
Кому: Y 
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  • I have updated the question with a screenshot. So should I replace From: with От: and To: with Кому: .Please answer with respect to the screenshot uploaded. – Somil Oct 27 '14 at 8:44

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