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"Er ist positiv!"

January 26, 2013

9 Comments


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"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".

January 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tuuky

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

March 26, 2013

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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.

March 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jishi9

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

April 1, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Not_Dead

Wikipedia seems to have an answer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_organ

July 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/slytherclaw

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

March 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

June 27, 2013

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

June 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sparroe

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

July 3, 2013
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