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Hi Robert, Is the term "inter alia" used much in U.S. English.

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Hi Robert,

Is the term "inter alia" used much in U.S. English. I picked it up when reviewing other translators' work. It is what I currently use to translate "entre otros", which literally means "among others" or "among other things". I am not convinced of "among others" because it doesn't have much of a legal ring to it Thanks.
Good evening, Reed,

Sorry for the tardy response, I always seem to be offline lately when you send questions. In answer to your query, if we're talking about legal documents, I would say yes, it's appears fairly regularly.

I can't say I see it used much in normal "conversational" use, like magazines and newspapers, and I suspect many people don't know what the term means. I do fully agree with you that "among other things" or "inter alia" is much better sounding than "among others." Among others doesn't even necessarily work when translated -- for example "The government, inter alia, is responsible for operating Social Security." It doesn't make sense if you say "The goverment, among others, is responsible for operating Social Security."

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
So which would you prefer if you were writing a legal document: "inter alia" or "among other things"?
My apologies, I didn't mean to be unclear. For a legal document, use inter alia.
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