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
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.
No, sich ergeben means to surrender to somebody or something, but I think that the somebody or something has to be specified. When the somebody or something is not mentioned then I believe that surrender is an incorrect translation, although I did make that mistake.
Or if it doesn't have that simple meaning then perhaps, "It just happened like that." or "It just up and quit.", "I didn't do anything special, I just got lucky."
I think we'd need a native speaker to explain the context in which this is used to get the right idiom. Either way, the actual meaning is not 'surrendering itself so easily.'
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."
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.
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.
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.
Verb is a word that means action. For example "to eat", "to sleep". Reflexive verb is one where the object of the action is the same as subject. In English there are no reflexive verbs. You could instead use pronouns like "yourself". For example "to eat yourself", but you can't "sleep yourself", because there is no object.
In German they use lots of reflexive verbs which may have very different meaning compared to nonreflexive form. For example "ergeben" means "to produce" while "sich ergeben" means "to surrender".
thank you, but i wasn't serious about the verb part, you couldn't tell i was being sarcastic from the text. I do get confused about it, but after a little thinking I remember what a verb or adjective is.
Vielen dank for explainging "sich" , what other reflexive verbs are there?
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.
Wild guess here. Perhaps you could say. Das Mädchen zerschlug den Schädel ihres Vaters mit einem Beil mitten im Polizeipräsidium. Nachher ergab es (das Mädchen) sich einfach so. But if this exists I fear it's dated because now one would use sie to refer to Mädchen I think. Perhaps it might still work as literary or dialect. Also might have to use sein instead of ihr. Just trying to have some fun with this not trying to be instructive.