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"Ich sehe es mir nochmals an."

Translation:I am looking at it again.

February 3, 2013



What is the function of 'mir' here?


German typically requires selfreferencing. In english 'myself/I/me' is implied, not so in german.

Ich setzen mich an den Stuhl. = I sit down on the chair

My German tutor said to imagine that you're talking to a small version of yourself as you sit it (yourself) on the chair. We found it quite funny.


Actually only some verbs needs this "reflexive" behaiviour, the "sich verbs" as I like to call them, "sich sitzen" being one of them: https://yourdailygerman.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/german-reflexive-verbs/


I think you mean "sich setzen" (to sit down, become seated).

"Sitzen" (to sit, be seated) is not reflexive.


I never knew there was such a difference! wow, thanks for pointing that out ^^


The relatives in English are "sit" and "set": one is (at least originally) the causative of the other (to set something somewhere is to cause it to sit). Similarly with "fall/fell" (to fell a tree is to cause it to fall).

I think that stehen/stellen are also related in this way (to put something somewhere is to cause it to stand).


That's genius. I'll remember that.


Warum ist es nicht "Ich sehe es mich?" Was ist die erklärung für der dativ?


This is the dativus commodi vel incommodi ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefactive_case ) and indicates for whose benefit the action was done.

You looked at it because you wanted to see what it looked like. You looked at it for your own benefit.

German (like Latin) expresses this with the dative case.


typically? From what I've seen, it's not typical; rather, some verbs mit sich work as reflexive. Same happens with other languages


It's a benefactive, indicating for whose benefit (or to whose detriment) something happened.

So literally, it would be something like "I am looking at it again for myself".

Similarly: "Ich habe mir ein Buch gekauft" (I bought [myself] a book) or "Ich habe mir den Knöchel verstaucht" (I sprained my ankle -- here "benefactive" does not imply that the action benefited the subject, just that it affected him!).


Excellent! I'd never heard of this. Thanks, M! :)


Thank you, that makes it that much clearer. It's a bit confusing for a native French speaker. Because we have a lot of reflexive verbs, but some which are reflexive in German are not in French! Especially sich ansehen. From what I understand, we use reflexive verbs when the subject is an indirect object of the sentence, not just a beneficiary.


Ja, ich möchte auch es verstehen.


More than 20 comments and no one explained the difference between ansehen and sich ansehen, so sad. I hope that my post will help somebody.

etwas ansehen - to look at something, it's used in the “looking in the eye” sense. Ich sehe dich an. = I look at you. Just looking, nothing more. sich etwas ansehen - includes more involvement and thoroughness. Ich sehe mir das Bild an. = I look at the picture. It's like looking at the content of the picture.

One more example to understand the difference: Ich sehe das Buch an. = I look at the book (have my gaze fixed at it). Ich sehe mir das Buch an. = I look at the book. (turn it around, open it, turn pages, perhaps read a chapter…)

That will help you understand this exercise, if you want to read more about the difference between ansehen and sich ansehen, here is the link: http://yourdailygerman.wordpress.com/2014/05/09/meaning-ansehen/#more-5888


Good explanation!


Does this mean that the sentence, "Ich sehe es nochmals an." is possible, implying that I merely glanced at the object again, rather than subjecting it to thorough scrutiny?


Thanks for this site (und erklarung auch!) :)


The Sich structure, I am not sure, does it have like do sth by oneself. Just further your example, Ich sehe das Buch an, if It's possible it means I read the book myself, which emphasizes that I really do.


Actually, I think you would use "selbst" for that.


This explanation was very helpful. Danke


I did a bit of a research, and found out that "ansehen" can be reflexive (I'm not totally sure that's the correct word to use, but you'll understand what I mean reading on). The complete infinite form is "sich ansehen", having a slightly different meaning than just "ansehen" (check http://dictionary.reverso.net/german-english/ansehen or just google "sich ansehen").

so it goes: ich mir sehe (etwas) an --> I have a look (at something) du dir siehst (etwas) an --> You have a look (at something) etcetera


yes i believe this is correct..

and because the "es" is the accusative in the sentence then the self part of the reflexive "sich" takes the dative case.

therefore mich--> mir

hope that helps


Yes, but the word order is off: "Ich sehe mir (etwas) an, du siehst dir (etwas) an".

In questions: Sehe ich mir etwas an? Siehst du dir etwas an?


Also, I'm pretty sure the reflexive pronoun goes after the main verb, not with the nominative pronoun: Ich sehe mir das Büch an. Ich sehe es mir an.


In reflexive verbs (in this case 'sich ansehen') normally the reflexive pronoun (mich, dich, sich etc.) will be accusative but if the verb already has an accusative object (in this case 'es'), then the reflexive pronoun will be dative, in this case mir instead of mich.


Wann nutzen wir "nochmals" gegen "wieder"?


Can this sentence work with wieder instead of nochmals? If not, then why not?


I too would like to know when to use nochmals versus wieder.


I tried "I am looking at it myself again" and got marked wrong ... translating this to an English reflexive doesn't seem entirely wrong, or is it? Doesn't the "mir" emphasize the sense of the "I" doing something? Maybe not ...


If I came across the sentence "I am looking at it myself again." I think I would assume whoever wrote it was German. :P If you said it I expect people will understand it but ... it doesn't really sound right to me.


sounded for me like "Ich sehe es mir noch Mal an."


can it also be translated to 'i will see to it again' ?

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    no, but 'i will look at it again' should be ok, subtle difference;)


    Function of mir here anyone????


    What's wrong with "I [will] take a look at it again"?


    I am guessing it is wrong only because you have an extra verb (take) that does not actually appear in the German sentence. Sometimes Duolingo is pretty strict about the extra words.


    I am seeing it again should also be accepted. Bad duolingo!


    Not quite so, because the full verb is "ansehen," which means "to look at;" and "sehen" means "to see."


    Can we say that the "es" is a mirror?


    So can I simply say 'Ich sehe es nochmals an' (omitting 'mir') for 'I am looking at it again'?


    'I am looking at it one more time' i wrote, and it corrected me to 'once more' - haha, huge difference indeed :))


    As I understand it: Both sentences "Ich sehe es mir nochmals an." and "Ich sehe es mir noch Mal an." mean the same, don't they?

    Well and the problem is - they sound the same, which is what just happened to me. I suggest deleting this sentence from listening exercises (and I have reported it)



    I look at it one more time? Warum nicht?


    Why is "an" required at the end of the sentence?


    Because "to look at something" is "(sich) etwas ansehen" -- the "an" is the first part of the separable verb "ansehen".

    (Just "sehen" is "see" rather than "look".)


    Never mind. I found the answer. Sehe and an is actually the separable verb ansehen.


    "I'm seeing it again" is wrong, but "I'm viewing it again" is right. Why?


    Because "ansehen" is more like "viewing" or "looking at" than "seeing." "Viewing/ansehen" is active-- you're purposely directing your attention toward something. "Seeing/sehen" is passive-- something is in your field of view whether you're trying to look at it or not.


    "I am looking again at it" is not good? Why?


    "I am looking again at it" could possibly be used as a matter of emphasis on the again. It would be very rare. As Mizinamo says - again belongs on the end. Adverb placement is indeed tricky in English - my sympathies.


    I would even say that "I am looking again at it" doesn't work at all. Even if I wanted emphasis, I would definitely put "again" at the end. ("I am looking at it again!")

    "I am again looking at it" could be at least possible (albeit abnormal).


    "I am looking it over again" was not accepted, but should be. "I'm looking at it again" could translate "Ich sehe es nochmals an"; the English is ambivalent as to how thorough the "looking at" is. But "I'm looking it over again" clearly reflects the close attention that "Ich sehe es mir nochmals an" suggests. Reported.


    Can you say ever in a certain context 'Ich sehe es dir nochmals an'?


    Can you say ever in a certain context 'Ich sehe es dir nochmals an'?

    Yes, but it means something quite different: that would not be sich etwas ansehen (to look at something [for one's own benefit]) but jemandem etwas ansehen (to see something in someone; to recognise).

    For example, ich sehe dir an, dass du lügst "I can see [by looking at you] that you are lying", or ich kann dir ansehen, dass du krank bist "I can see that you are ill".

    And then ich sehe es dir nochmals an would be "I see it again (the thing that was obvious to me from looking at you)".


    Should "I am once again looking at it" be alright?


    Why the word order is "ich sehe es mir..." and not ich sehe mir es.. "?


    Why the word order is "ich sehe es mir..."

    Accusative personal pronouns such as es come before dative objects.


    "Ich sehe es mir nochmals an." I think this means that I will look at it again, when I have time for it. It's about the future, not this moment.


    I wrote: "I'll check it out again." Could this potentially work? I figured it had the same meaning, but Duolingo did not accept it. In case it does actually work, I've reported it haha. Does someone have a good answer?

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