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"Er ist positiv!"

January 26, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rfo

"positive" is a false friend here probably. In German "positiv" does not mean certain, but mathematically positve or tested positive. So most Germans would read "Er ist positiv" as "He is tested HIV-positive".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tuuky

Thanks for that. So how to say "He is a positive person?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rfo

Hard to say because "positive person" means so many things, it seems. -

Er ist ein Optimist. Er ist zuversichtlich. Er ermutigt einen immer. Er ist kompromissbereit. Er ist verständnisvoll. Er ist gut gelaunt. Er gibt nicht leicht auf. ...

Or all of the above. I don't remember a common German phrase for this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jishi9

What does 'positive organ' mean (listed as a translation to English)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slytherclaw

As in certain? As in optimistic? As in desirable?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geteilt

If you haven't had a chance to read the other comments, it means positive in a medical, or mathematical sense.

e.g. HIV-Positive, or he tested positive for Strept Throat.

This doesn't mean happy, optimistic, nor certainty.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chirag

Can't "er" also be translated to "it" (i.e. It is positive)?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/username9009

Sort of. Unless you know what "er" is referring to, you should translate it as "he."

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