What to do if you don’t have enough TM content (at least 25,000 translation units) to create an AutoSuggest dictionary but you really, really want one? You can always check if there’s one available at Translationzone.com for your language pair. However, you might also be able to create one from a much smaller TM. Becky Blackley, a Trados Trainer colleague of mine, told me the other day one way to do it. Very simple method – why didn’t I think about it???
Anyhow, it basically involves creating a larger TM by removing definite and indefinite articles from the source segments and then combining all three (or four) versions (= 1. original TM, 2. TM without indefinite articles, 3. TM without definite articles, 4. TM without indefinite and definite articles) of the original TM into one which is now much more likely to have the required 25,000 translation units. Becky kindly offered to share her detailed instructions, and you can get them from right here Create an ASD from fewer than 25,000 TUs if you don’t want to figure it out based on my semi-cryptic explanation.