https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

"Vielleicht wird er mir auch noch meinen nächsten Wunsch erfüllen."

February 12, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

"Noch" falls out in this English translation. If it doesn't mean "still" here, what does it do to the sentence?

February 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

It means 'another' here, as in 'additionally' or 'on top of' what's already been said. 'noch', especially with the help auf 'nächsten' says he has already fulfilled your wish and you're hoping for more. 'noch' is an emphasis, saying: He did it once, he might very well do it again. Without 'noch', 'nächsten' alone could mean the same minus the emphasis, but 'noch' stresses your first fulfilled wish more. Both would be understood, in my opinion, so it might be up to the speaker and their intentions. How about: Maybe he will also fulfill another of my wishes. Not as literal, but making use of the emphasis. Does that work for you?

February 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

Thank you. Yes, that helps. So it's the same sense as in "noch einmal"? I would have thought that "noch" would then be redundant of "auch" and perhaps also of "nachsten," but perhaps not--especially if it's an emphasis.

February 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

It leans towards 'noch einmal', in my opinion, without being literally that. The redundance is what forms the emphasis really, it puts the weight into a certain direction, similar to 'yet another', where yet just underlines that there has been similar before and now there's even another.

February 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio

Thank you. That sense of emphasis is helpful.

February 12, 2013
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