You can add grammatical properties to each term in your termbase. This can be an advantage for terminology users in any kind of text work.
- Editing grammatical categories
- The word type
- Part of speech, gender, number
Editing grammatical categories
To edit or add the grammatical category, click on the pencil icon in the term entry in the expanded term window.
This opens the term editing form to edit grammatical categories.
The word type
The word type, which is referred to here as the term type, can be added directly below the term. In the drop-down menu you can choose between Full form, Abbreviation, Short form or Colloquial term.
Difference between abbreviation and short form
Abbreviations are formed from letters included in the word and are only used in written language. Examples:
abbrev. = abbreviation
Ltd. = Limited
Short forms/short words, on the other hand, are the shortened form of a word that is also used when spoken. Examples:
laboratory = lab
admin = administrator
Full forms, in contrast to abbreviations or short forms, are the complete forms of nouns ("laboratory", "administrator", ...).
Part of speech, gender, number
Below the definition in the editing form, you can edit the part of speech, gender and number of the term.
The part of speech specifies whether it is a Noun, a Verb, an Adjective or an Adverb.
Under Gender you can select the grammatical gender of the term and under Numbers you can determine in which "number" the term is specified, whether singular or plural.
In some cases, it is more appropriate to indicate the plural form of a term, e.g. if it is typically plural in corporate texts. Example: The term "settings" in system interfaces.
The categories can also remain unselected for certain terms if none of the available properties can be assigned due to the peculiarities of a particular language.