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Machine translation is also called "automatic translation" or simply translation software. Machine translation software translates text in one natural language into another natural language, taking into account the grammatical structure of each language and using rules to transfer the grammatical structure of the source language (text to be translated) into the target language (translated text). Machine translation cannot replace a human translator for demanding applications such as legal or literary work, nor is it intended to. The term we use in the industry is "gisting". Modern MT software should give you about 80% accuracy and higher. Many companies that represent themselves as MT providers are actually selling "word by word" translation. Make sure you know what you are getting and ask a lot of questions about upgrade paths and integration.


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