"Es ergab sich einfach so."

Translation:It just came about like that.

February 7, 2013



I was so confused with the German context. Why was "surrendered" shown as a solution, I do not understand? Thanks!

April 29, 2014


"Sich ergeben" means to surrender, it has to be reflexive. But only "ergeben" means to end, or to finish something with a result. In this case, the English translation doesn't sound very good, it would be more like "It happened just like that".

January 6, 2015


Brankica, I agree 100% with you. " it happened just like that" is the best Egnlish translation. This is an idiom!

January 22, 2015


"Es ergab sich einfach so" is also a reflexive form.

January 12, 2015


Correct me if im wrong In my opinion, ergab is like and action of "giving"

I think if you ergab sich, means you give yourself to others, means you surrender

If something ergab sich, it gives itself to its current situation

This is how i think, i hope it gives a little clue to the true meaning or ergab

September 5, 2017


The German verb "ergeben" can have different meanings depending on its grammatical use:

ergeben + Akkusativobjekt = to result in something, to yield something

sich jemandem ergeben (reflexiv, Dativobjekt) = to surrender to someone / to capitulate to someone

sich ergeben + Akkusativobjekt = arise from somthing / result from something

And of course there can be idiomatical forms:

sich dem Suff ergeben = to abbandon oneself to drinking

Es hat sich so ergeben. (Perfekt) / Es ergab sich so. (Präteritum) = It just came about like that. / It just happened that way.

September 10, 2017


Would this be more accurately translated as "It came about just that way" or "It just happened that way"? In the first, the particular way it happened is emphasized (which would be my inference from the order of "einfach so"; in the second, Duolingo's, the statement means something more like "I can't explain it, but that's how it happened."

February 7, 2013


Maybe "It simply happened that way"? Uff, English people needed. :)

March 8, 2013


As an English-speaking person, I think I'd be most likely to say "It just happened that way" or "It simply happened that way." Either of those comes with a shrug: "What do you want from me, it just happened that way."

"It happened just like that" can mean "it happened exactly that way" or--depending on some vocal emphasis, "just like that" could possibly mean "suddenly, unexpectedly"--Everything was going fine, when just like that, the roof fell in."

Edit: "It just happened like that" can also mean it happened very recently.

March 8, 2013


Yeah, when I saw DL's translation, I thought it meant it happened very recently. I got very confused. I think the German word order "einfach so" emphasizes "so" (this way), not the time it happened.

November 7, 2013


As a native English speaker, but not fully understanding German. Is this just a polite way of the saying, "S**t happens"? Not that duo would ever accept that answer, but perhaps that is the best answer.

September 3, 2013


To really de-emphasize the mode, native English speaks would say "It just happens" and leave off "that way". Contrastingly, if we want to emphasize the mode, we'd say "That is the way it happens".

May 23, 2013


There's another, coarser way to say it, but it's probably not allowed here. ;-)

May 23, 2013


I don't like this sentence, please give it a proper hint. I am confused about the many uses and translations of "sich" can someone please explain?

May 13, 2014


It is as easy as any other word having multiple meanings. "sich ergeben" can mean both "to appear/to come along" or "to surrender/to capitulate". http://www.dict.cc/?s=sich+ergeben

You might draw some parallels with the phrase "to give myself up" in English. "He is planning to give himself up to the police" means that he is both going to show up and to surrender to the police.

October 31, 2014


I finially understood what "sich" is after watching a DFE video explaining it., I think....

ich - mich

du - dich

es - sich


October 31, 2014


That's correct but it's far from the full list. The full list of German reflexive pronouns you can check out here: http://www.canoo.net/services/OnlineGrammar/InflectionRules/FRegeln-P/Pron-Refl.html?MenuId=Word421

It is complex and confusing, one more thing to remember, as it is partially matching with the forms of normal personal pronouns, but not exactly... http://www.canoo.net/services/OnlineGrammar/InflectionRules/FRegeln-P/Pron-Pers.html

It seems that you have trouble in fully understanding the usage of reflexive pronouns with words like "ergeben". You are not alone, I'm on your side here :) It is better not to concentrate your attention to the word "sich". You should rather take it as granted that "sich ergeben" is basically one word, like "selfmade" is in English. It is easier this way.

October 31, 2014


Using "sich" means the verbs is in reflexive form.

August 2, 2014


what about Es ist einfach so passiert

May 27, 2015


I researched this phrase and found that it is often used to precede a subordinating clause. This equates to a very common English phrase: "It just so happened that..." ("Es ergab sich einfach so, dass...")

June 13, 2015


what's the meaning of "einfach so" here? it's everywhere but the meaning is so different from each others.

February 26, 2015


It means "simple" or "simply" or "just".

  • Es esgab sich so = It came about like that;
  • Es ergab sich einfach so = It just came about like that.
February 26, 2015


Hi all, somebody know if this is a common phrase in germany? sounds so weird =/

October 5, 2015


Yes, it is.

Colloquial language might sound weird for foreigners :-)

October 5, 2015


Good to know! thanks Andreas ^^

October 5, 2015


So is "It surrendered so easily" wrong, when ergab is surrender???? OMG....will I ever figure this out???

December 22, 2015


This kìnd of thing is not for beginners in any language. Native speakers will have the "feel" of it, but then they don't need the course. If you are still trying to figure out die, der and das there is no way you will ever work out things like this. Idioms should be the very last thing you learn in any new language.

January 30, 2018


It happened easily so is also accepted but I have no idea what it should mean. Also is there any chance of an answer with the meaning of surrender? Probably because subject is es?

September 3, 2014


No, this sentence has nothing to do with surrender but means something like "that is just how it happened" It is a phrase which is often used.

March 16, 2015


Einfach so = just?

March 30, 2016


Why do they throw in an idiom, with no explanation, when we are trying to learn the ways and rules of "reflexive verbs"??? NOT HELPFUL

April 17, 2016


Why is "It simply happened in this way" an incorrect translation according to DL?

May 5, 2016


"it simply happened so" was rejected.........???? can the "so" be disregarded here??? I feel it should be accepted!!

December 8, 2016


The position of "so" in the sentence is just... I don't know, just weird. I doubt a native speaker would ever use it in that position. "It simply happened like that " or "that way" sounds better to me.

June 30, 2017


Does this mean it only recently came about like that?

February 22, 2017


Sicherlich " It just happened so"" muss richtig sein! Es wird gemeldet.

March 2, 2017


"It just happened so" ist nicht idiomatisch auf Englisch, mindestens US Englisch.

March 2, 2017


You can also say....it just worked out that way

November 12, 2017


It simply turned out so.

December 2, 2018


There should be a law against reflexive pronouns !!

February 5, 2019


"It simply came out that way" is not accepted. Why? Because of "came out"? "Simply"? "That way"? I don't know, but I think I've learned to ve very literal with the translations and not to use common colloquialisms.

April 9, 2019


I think the problem is ‘came out’: I don't know that that is a good translation for ‘sich ergeben’ (at least not like this, in isolation).

May 23, 2019
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