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By K. B. Beaton

A big hassle confronted by means of English audio system studying German is that of discovering precisely the correct German notice to translate an English note in a selected context. This dictionary specializes in these phrases which reason specific problems for audio system of English, offering longer articles than these present in conventional bilingual dictionaries.

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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. or pl. n. Es gibt viel/jede Menge Arbeit, die du erledigen kannst.

Ii. [Sich] einig sein also expresses agreement in opinion, although it does not exclude the process of reaching this. It usually has a pl. subj. and the refl. , Wir sind uns einig, but can have sing. subj. and mit, Ich bin [mir] mit ihm einig. Mir is usually omitted in speech. Einig takes in or über. In der Beurteilung des Romans sind wir uns einig. Über die Nutzlosigkeit weiterer Versuche waren sie sich einig. It is also used with darin or darüber + daß-clause. Sobald wir uns einig sind, werden wir es ihn wissen lassen.

I. Alle is used with pl. ns. with the article omitted, whether the article is included in E. or not. Alle Pferde haben vier Beine. Alle Studenten sind schon da. Wir haben alle Vorbereitungen schon getroffen. All die means 'all those'. Sieh dir all die Studenten an! Alle die also means 'all those', but it is usual only with a following relative clause, though this may be implied. Alle die Studenten, die an dem Ausflug teilgenommen haben, haben viel Neues gelernt. Alle die Leute wollen mit dem Zug mit implies something like Alle die Leute, die hier auf dem Bahnsteig stehen.

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