# n-1

#### Striker

##### Senior Member
Hi there,
Je trouve "n-1" dans une liste de cibles pour un projet d'entreprise.
Je comprends "niveau -1" donc les personnes avec un niveau hierarchique direcetement en dessous du niveau dont on parle.
Quelqu'un a une idée pour le dire en anglais... je n'ai pas beaucoup de place car c'est dans une présentation, forcément, sionon ce serait trop facile

I think the "n-1" in French means "niveau -1" (level -1) in hierarchical terms. Any ideas for a way to say this in English. I need something very short as it's in a presentation.

Thanks,
Striker

• #### boterham

##### Senior Member
I have the feeling it might rather be expressed in terms of years with year n-1 being the year before year n. Would that fit in your context?

#### Striker

##### Senior Member
I don't think so because it says "Population 1, population 2, population ", population 4 and then Population n-1, Population n"

would "n" means "année" in another context ? where does the "n" come from in that case ?
Striker

#### boterham

##### Senior Member
No, n doesn't mean année. It's a variable, just like a number.
In French you can often hear "l'année n-1" for example to mean the year before the year of reference (year n) in any kind of project.
I thought it was the same in English, now I'm getting confused

#### gliamo

##### Senior Member
As boterham said, it's just a number. In algebra you can describe a series of number as: 1,2,3,...,n. In your example, there are "n" populations, meaning that either the actual number is unknown, or that it is indifferent. "n-1" is only there to emphasize the regularity of the series.

#### Striker

##### Senior Member
ok, thank you both for your help.
So I can use the same thing in English is the important thing.
Striker

#### sokunsuong

##### Member
Hello,

n-1 in France in big company, employees usually say n-1 or n+1 (boss) or even you can hear them saying n+2 (bosses booing (pyan dixit)), it sounds silly though.

so n-1 would mean the subordinates.

hope it could help.

#### sokunsuong

##### Member
soo if you pronounce it you should say:
'n moins un'
or 'n plus un' -> n pluZ un (link the s and the 'un')

#### Paf le chien

##### Senior Member
Name of variable stands for the initial of the word :

niveau n-1
jour j-1
année a-1
...

Like in "le jour J" or "L'heure H"

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