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A Practical Dictionary of German Usage by K. B. Beaton

By K. B. Beaton

Essentially the most tough initiatives confronting the English speaker studying German is that of discovering precisely the correct German note to translate an English be aware in a specific context. Many universal English phrases have numerous German equivalents. therefore it's all too effortless to discover your self announcing the similar of Have you extinguished the trash? rather than Have you taken out the trash? Bilingual dictionaries record equivalents, yet supply very little information regarding their use. The articles during this functional dictionary are for much longer than these to be present in a bilingual dictionary, and the variety of phrases taken care of is fewer, with a focus on these which reason specific problems for audio system of English.

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Sie hatten schließlich gute Flugzeuge. Sprich nicht in diesem Ton zu ihm! Er ist dach schließlich dein Chef. Jetzt muß gearbeitet werden. Wir sind schließlich nicht zu unserem Vergnügen hier. Sie nahm die Schuld daran, daß er sich verspätet hatte, auf sich. Schließlich war sie es, die auf dem Umweg bestanden hatte. again adv. once more, once again phrs. used as advs. The equivalents are wieder, nochmal, noch einmal, nochmals, and wiederum. In the spoken language, wieder and nochmal are probably used most frequently to denote the repetition of an action or state.

A great/large/small amount of sth. is often best translated by viel and wenig. A large amount of prejudice is viele Vorurteile; a small amount of trouble is wenig[e] Schwierigkeiten; a large amount of evidence is viele Beweise. Half that amount is simply die Hälfte. Er schuldete mir 1000 Mark, konnte aber nur die Hälfte [davon] zahlen. 4. Any amount of work means 'a lot of it' and can always be translated by viel. Closer to the E. expression is jede Menge, 'any amount or number', which can be followed by a sing.

Sie hat ihren Regenschirm liegenlassen/liegengelassen. Lauf ihr schnell nach! 2. After all. i. One function of doch is to contradict neg. and some pos. statements. In some cases this is the equivalent of after all. ) Doch could in both these cases be translated as No, and will would be stressed. [No,] it will rain. If it then does rain, so that A is proved right, he could say to B later, 'Es hat doch geregnet', it did rain/rained after all. ) If no rain falls so that B is fight, he could say, 'Es hat doch nicht geregnet', it didn't rain after all.

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