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"Your nutrition is bad."

Translation:Eure Ernährung ist schlecht.

January 16, 2013



Warum "Nahrung" nicht funktioniert?


Please explain use of Dein/Ihr/Eure. Any preferences for certain situations? I've forgotten.


informal, formal and plural I believe.


Can we use "schlimm" here instead of "schlecht"?


Yes. But please be aware that you introduce some connotations that are not there with "schlecht". "Schlimm" conveys a value judgment. It's more akin to "your nutrition is terrible". But as you can use "bad" in that sense as well, it's a correct translation.


Why not Deine instead of Ihre/Eure?


"Deine" is also fine.


why use ihre istead of deine or eure?


All three are fine. As long as the rest of the sentence is correct, obviously.

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    But why is that?


    An example:
    You are big. Your hand is big.

    If you speak with your friend, brother, mother... informal, you have to translate:
    Du bist groß. Deine Hand ist groß.

    If you speak with your frends, brothers, parents... informal plural:
    Ihr seid groß. Eure Hände sind groß.

    If you speak with a teacher, a professor, a boss... formal:
    Sie sind groß. Ihre Hand ist groß.

    If you speak with teachers, professors, bosses... formal plural:
    Sie sind groß. Ihre Hände sind groß.


    What the hell? I got a multiple choice question for this, and I was marked wrong because I didn't include "ihre Ernährung ist schlecht". How is "her nutrition is bad" the same as saying "your nutrition is bad"? Doesn't "ihr" only translate to formal you in personal pronouns (ie; non-possessive pronouns)?


    Ihre can be used as yours, hers, or theirs as a possessive pronoun depending on context.


    Ihr in the nominative (as the subject) means "you all." Ihr in the dative (indirect object form of sie meaning she) means "to her." As a possessive pronoun it means yours (formal) , theirs, or hers. Normally we know it means yours because it's capitalized but since it's starting the sentence, and we have no context, it could be any of the three.

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