Terminology can help to keep your translations consistent and make sure you and/or your translators are using the correct terms. A high-quality term base can save you a lot of time and effort, while a poorly prepared term base with many irrelevant terms can be more annoying than helpful.
Please be sure to read our guide on creating a new term base before reading the rest of this article.
There are several features that can help you improve the way in which your term base deals with term morphology: match type, case sensitivity, and synonyms.
Fuzzy Match Type
When the match type is Fuzzy, a suffix can be appended to a word and it will still get matched. For example: "car" will also match "cars", "game" will also match "games", etc. This is a simple morphology of added characters.
More complicated morphology can be achieved by placing "|" (the pipe character), after the point where the suffix can change. For example: "biolog|y" will also match "biologic".
Exact Match Type
Using a fuzzy match might not be suitable for some words, such as "contract" because "contractor" would be then incorrectly matched as well. That is why for "contract" we should use an Exact match. The same should be done for the word "contracts" which can be added as a synonym (see below).
If there is an abbreviation, such as "AN" you may want to use an Exact match and also select the checkbox to make it Case sensitive. Then it will only match "AN" exactly, and not "an", "and" or "AND".
Note: When a new term is created, its match type is set to Fuzzy by default.
You can also manually set synonyms for different words. For example, the word "leaves" can be added as a synonym to "leaf". You can do this by clicking on the green plus sign (+) next to "leaf" and type "leaves". Then, simply click outside the field and it will be saved. This will give you two words in that column instead of just one. If you want to delete one of these words, you can do so by clicking on the red X mark.