Word Usage

Using “From/To” to Include Values in a Range, “Between/And” to Exclude Them

We often come across copy that includes ranges of dates.

E.g.: 28 Ekim-5 Kasım tarihleri arasında gerçekleştirilecek fuar boyunca 50’yi aşkın ülkeden 2.000’den fazla firma, ürünlerini sergileyecek.

When translating a range of dates, we must use “from/to” in order to include the terminal values in the range. If we use “between/and” to translate the range, we will exclude the terminal values and falsely surmise that the fair will begin on October 29 and end in November 4.

Incorrect: The fair will take place between October 28 and November 5. A total of more than 2,000 exhibitors from over 50 countries are expected to showcase their products at the fair.

Correct:    The fair will take place from October 28 to November 5. A total of more than 2,000 exhibitors from over 50 countries are expected to showcase their products at the fair.

This is an important distinction to consider, especially when translating legal copy.

Source: 300 Days of Better Writing by David Bowman (2010)