"Nun kann ich mitmachen."

Translation:Now I can participate.

January 23, 2013

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What is the difference between 'teilnehmen' and 'mitmachen'?


Mitmachen is more colloquial. Source: http://www.italki.com/question/119413


Why is "Well, I can join in" not valid here?


"Nun" suggests that something has changed so that I am now able to join in where I couldn't before. It's more than just "Well, I can join in if I feel like it. "


Is that the big difference between "nun" and "jetzt"?


I think it is because there is no comma after "nun". From what I understand, "nun" means "well" as an interjection, but otherwise it means "now", so, "Well, I can join in," would probably be, "Nun, ich kann mitmachen," whereas, "Now I can join in" is "Nun kann ich mitmachen".


Can't hear commas though can we when we listen or speak. So, what is the real grammar-based reason?


Different word order.


Does "Nun" mean more of "only now" instead of "now"?

Example, "Ah, electricity is back on. Only now can I continue working."


Difference between Nun and Jetzt?


which one you use for "participate"? teilnehmen or mitmachen?

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"now I can take part" got marked wrong... I'm not sure if there's some interpretation I'm missing.


'now i can join in' was marked as wrong, why?


It worked for me just now! Did you capitalise the "I"? - It shouldn't have marked you down for just that even so!


yeah, why??? And what does this mean "now I bin join in"??? It was one of the correct solutions.


Can Mitmachen be understood as "getting involved"?


Kann ich, should be can i ? why is it i can...?


Because of the "nun" at the start of the sentence. The verb must be in the 2nd position, so the only place for "ich" is 3rd. If you were to speak generally instead of using "now" like in the original sentence, it would be "Ich kann mitmachen", like you would expect.


Why not "cooperate"?


Cooperate is more determined perhaps like "zusammenarbeiten". "Mitmachen" can be aimless. For example a mother says to her son: "Du musst nicht jeden Unfug (mischief) mitmachen!"


Could this mean "Now can I participate?"


Can I translate mittmachen as collaborate? I am thinking like this: mit -> together; machen -> to do; so, mittmachen could be "do together" or "work together", which may be "collaborate". What do you think?


Looking in my favorite online dictionaries, it looks like the normal words for "collaborate" are "mitarbeiten" and "zusammenarbeiten", as well as "kollaborieren". "Mitmachen" is just listed as "participate", "join in", "take part", and that sort of thing.


But all those suggested EN expressions can be used not only for actively doing something together, but also for a "passive" participation (like watching a movie, going to a concert, attending a party...), where I feel mitmachen would be out of place. Questions: (1) Am I right about mitmachen? (2) Is there an EN expression to indicate an "active, working" involvement? IF the answers are Yes and No, respectively, THEN cooperate, work together etc. should be accepted as well. (The translation gap is the same width, only in the opposite direction.) Appendix - in case "work together" would be acceptable as an approx. equivalent: I'm not sure whether "Now I can work together" is an acceptable stand-alone sentence in EN. If not, then additions of "with you/him/her/it(institution)/them" should be accepted as well.


is this a sentence or a question in how the order is?


It's a statement. I'm guess what's confusing you is that the subject is after the verb. That is done because "nun" was placed before the verb for emphasis, and the verb is in a fixed position, so the subject gets displaced. To actually form a question, you would start the sentence with "k├Ânnen" or use a question word. E.g.

  • Kann ich nun mitmachen?


The normal word order of this sentence is: Ich kann nun mitmachen. If you want to emphasize "now" because until now you could not, then you may put "nun" in the first place of the sentence. The second place is reserved for the modal verb "kann" and the subject "ich" moves into the third position.


What about, "Now I can partake"?


translation: Now I can join in. grr....


"Now can I take part?" - not accepted?? Surely join in, participate and take part are much the same thing in English?

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