How generally will this translate? "Not in shape" tends to imply a lack of physical fitness, whereas "not in form" could mean that I'm generally not doing something as well as I should be expected to do it.
So if 'not in shape' is the accepted translation, wouldn't 'out of shape' work as well? I'm personally more likely to say the latter, but maybe we're on about something different here?
If German is anything like Norwegian (and I know it is), "I'm not feeling well today" would be a good translation.
In English, "not feeling well" and "not in shape" aren't quite the same thing. I can't speak for the German or Norwegian, though. [native US English speaker]
I know. Since "ikke i form" (Norwegian) could mean either "not feeling well" (as in feeling ill) or "not in shape" (as in needing exercise), my guess would be that the same thing applies for "nicht in Form".
A native German speaker would be appreciated.
For native German speakers: "Today I am not in shape" is ambiguous. "In shape" means physically fit. It is not something that changes on a daily basis. Also, today is more commonly used to mean this calendar day, otherwise we say "Nowadays" or "These days" to talk about the present. For performance in work or sport It would be more natural to say:
Today I am not on form.
Today I am not in form.
For temporary physical conditions or mood it would be more natural to say.
Today I am not in good form.
However, If you want to say that you used to be physically fit, and you no longer are, it would be clearer to say
Nowadays I am not in shape
These days I am not in shape
I am not in shape now
But what does "Heute bin ich nicht in Form." Mean in German? Does it mean your performance on a given day? Or does it mean your physical fitness at this point in your life?
In the US, I would say "I'm not in good shape today" to refer to a temporary condition. Perhaps "in form" is more of a British usage.
Yes, of course. I have heard that too. But "I'm not in good shape today" is another example of an ambiguous sentence.
I was drinking last night. I'm not in good shape today.
I was an athlete in high school. I'm not in good shape today.
So you see how the sentence is ambiguous, without context. If a native German speaker is aware that there is ambiguity they could choose different words to more clearly express what they mean. (The examples I have given in the comment above).
'Today I am not on form' is the more common expression. 'Today I am not in form' is not used, ' in shape' Yes.
Is "on form" a British expression? Both versions ("in form" and "on form") ring a bell, but I'm not really accustomed to either.
'on form' is used in British English. 'in form' I am uncomfortable with. However having consulted the Oxford Dictionary (printed US) 'in form' is US and 'on form' is Brit. I shall have to take a course in US English.
That's interesting. Neither one of them seems quite comfortable to me, perhaps because I'm rarely in form or on form. ;-)
As both "in form" and "on form" are used in both English and American English, they will both appear in dictionaries however; are you sure both versions mean exactly the same thing? "In form" is correct when talking about your level of fitness or to put it another way, when using 'form' as a synonym for 'shape' (in form and colour, I'm in form right now - less common) but when referring to "performance", the correct (or 'most common') expression is: "to be on form". Consider:
I was on point today
I was on my best behaviour today
I was on fire today (slightly different grammar, I know!)
I was on the ball today
I'm on it
I've been on form all day
I'm not saying there aren't people who use 'in' when referring to their performance, but it is uncommon and better to learn "on form".
In Australia it's much more common to use "in form". The term "based on form" is usually reserved for discussions about the recent performance of horses or sports people. The following sentences would be correct :
"The horse will not win based on form".
No comments about "based off form" please :-)
"He will do well if he is in form today."
I'm not sure anyone mentioned "based" but that's definitely another good example.
"In form" is correct when talking about your level of fitness or to put it another way, when using 'form' as a synonym for 'shape' - Yes, I agree with your final sentence. My comment discussed describing performance rather than describing physical fitness or a general state of readiness.
That's extremely colloquial and uses "up to" which wasn't part of Duo's lesson :-)
As an american "in form" sounds weird, and "on form" sounds, well, British.
I've never heard anyone say "in form". That's just sounds so awkward. "On form", however, is perfectly common.
Am I the only one bothered by the fact that Duo placed "today" in the beginning of the English sentence? I don't know if it's wrong, it just sounds very unnatural to me (compared to "I am not in shape today")
It's fine. It may put a little extra emphasis on "today." [Native US English speaker]
It's correct english, although I think there should be a comma after Today (I'm not 100% sure though). That order is less common then putting Today at the end of the sentence as well.
In French, en forme means "feeling well." I have always understood that the German was a translation from the French.
Heute bin ich nicht in Form. Mit Heute sind fünfzehn Jahre. :)) Is that right?
yes and no.
Heute bin ich nicht in Form. - is right.
Mit dem heutigen Tag sind es fünfzehn Jahre. ~ I my preferred suggestion.
Seit heute sind es fünfzehn Jahre. / (Heute sind es 15 Jahre.)
The word "es" is necessary, because you need a subject for the sentence.
- Es sind mit dem heutigen Tag 15 Jahre.
- Es sind seit heute 15 Jahre.
- (Es sind heute 15 Jahre.)
In german the main verb is (almost) always in the "second position". Since "Heute" is at the beginning of the sentence, "ich" has to come after the verb ("bin"). Unlike in english, in german the subject doesn't always come before the verb.
There is a note that says, "the speaking will be back in an hour" The message is every day but the Audio never comes on!!!
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