Why do I always see three translation options?

If you search for a phrase, sentence, or paragraph for which we don't have an original dictionary entry, you will be routed to our machine (computer) translation page. Since these translations are being made by computers, they are not always 100% accurate. That's why we show three different translation results (Microsoft, SDL, PROMT).

The first time you search for something longer on the site, you'll only see one translation result from Microsoft. To see the other two results, click the link that says "Show more translations".

You'll then see all three translation results.

You can compare the three options to either find the best result or to piece together a better result than what the individual translators offered. If you'd like additional guidance on how to utilize all three translators together, we recommend clicking the "Learn how." link below the translation results.

You will also find a word-by-word breakdown of the original search query below the machine translation results that can be helpful if you want to double check a word choice that the machine translators provided. You can click on the words in the word-by-word translation to view their dictionary entries.

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