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"Ich wollte dir nur Glück wünschen."

2/11/2013, 2:02:39 AM

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i wanted to wish you only luck. Would the nur be considered to be a modifier for wanted?

2/11/2013, 2:02:39 AM

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Technically, it could be both. But in this phrase, it is understood to modify the 'I wanted'. So, 'I wanted to wish you only luck' - although technically possible - is most probably not what the speaker of the original phrase tried to express.

2/11/2013, 8:31:05 AM

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What about "I only wanted to wish you luck."

2/12/2013, 7:03:14 AM

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That's also 'Ich wollte dir nur Glück wünschen'. The difference between 'just' and 'only' can be conveyed via intonation.

2/12/2013, 9:45:12 AM
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