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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eduardo.dagofaen

"Was Sie betrifft, bin ich zuständig."

February 9, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eduardo.dagofaen

I'm not getting this one. Does it mean something like "I'm for responsible for that which concerns you?"

The grammar in the English translation is beyond atrocious.


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

It seem to be right according to this (http://www.dict.cc/deutsch-englisch/betrifft.html) "was ... betrifft" -> as for ...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philster043

I suppose one way of looking at this sentence in English would be: "Concerning you, I am responsible."


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

Why is it in some senteces that zuständig is used, while in others verantwortlich is used? Is there any difference?


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

Yes, I would say there is a difference in German, but both "zuständig" and "verantwortlich" can be translated as "responsible".
zuständig reminds me more of a situation in some kind of office, etc. meaning something like "it's my job to do that" / "it's my job to take care of your problems".
responsible seems a little stronger to me, like "I take responsibility for that. If it goes wrong, you have to blame me" / "I am responsible for you, if you do something wrong, they will blame me as well".
Maybe that helps a bit.


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

It does. Thank you very much.


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

Another translation that makes very little sense in English. such a sentence and with its aggressive sentiment simply would not be used. The nearest I got and I lost a heart, was 'What concerns you, am I responsible? However the translation seem more of an instruction or statement of a fact, about the work the person does and who is responsible for that work, rather than an inquiry about someones welfare.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/magicLamp76

As for me, I am in owe.

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