"Mein Schlüssel funktioniert nicht."

Translation:My key does not work.

February 15, 2013



Why can I not use 'function' for funktioniert? It seems to be the root word, and would play the same role - whether something 'functions' or 'works'?

February 15, 2013


Because 'my key is not functioning' doesn't make much sense in english, and sounds awkward.

Remember, cognates (words that sound alike) are dangerous guides.

February 18, 2013


Well, I disagree and think it does make sense, but agree that it does sound awkward. ie: "My key is not functioning" (where the expected function of a key is to open a lock, and this key is not opening the lock).

"To function" is one of the dictionary translations of funktioniert too: http://dict.leo.org/#/search=funktioniert&searchLoc=0&resultOrder=basic&multiwordShowSingle=on

December 20, 2013


Why is "My keys are not working?" not acceptable here?

If i am not mistaken: der Schlüssel (singular), die Schlüssel (plural) How do i know that the german sentence is singular or plural?

September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

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    "mein" is used for masculine nouns, "meine" for feminine.

    May 10, 2014


    My key is not functioning should be correct as well..I am.not a native English speaker yet I have been learning English since I was 3

    April 24, 2014
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