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"Nun, dann schauen wir mal, was wir hier haben."

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February 23, 2013

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What does the "mal" do here? Does it get us to "let's"?

February 23, 2013

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"Mal" is often used in the sentence "dann schauen wir mal". "Mal" literally translates as "once", but here, it doesn't have a "real", translatable meaning - it just makes the sentence sound more "off-hand" or casual. The grammatical term for this is "modal particle".

For more information on modal particles, see: http://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/mis_04.html

February 23, 2013

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Thank you. I am working on those modal particles, and I appreciate the help.

February 23, 2013
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