"Mein Großvater hat nach ihnen gefragt."

Translation:My grandfather has asked for them.

March 2, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio
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There is a difference between "asked after them" (though that's rather colloquial) and "asked for them" in English, but Duolingo accepts either translation. I suggested "asked about them," which I'd consider synonymous with "asked after them" but got the big red X.

Which best conveys the sense of the German sentence?

March 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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Not completely sure about the English usage of 'ask after' but as I understand it, it could be all of 'after, for, about' depending on context.

March 3, 2013

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"Ask after" and "ask about" would be something like "How is your father?" Or "How does your sister like her new job?" Of the two, "ask after" is a bit colloquial; some might consider it unacceptable.

"Ask for" would be more like "May I have Charles for my waiter?" It needn't even take the form of a question: "Please ask Charles to come out here.

Which of these--if any of these--would be the best translation here?

March 3, 2013

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Thanks, that's exactly what I got out of my dictionary, so all three are possible depending on context.

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Soglio
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Thank you.

March 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kkava

Insane streak man. Do you have separate goals in each language to fulfil every day?

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Kkava

Here are the three phrases translated by Google -

"about them" - "... hat danach gefragt"

"for them" - "... hat darum gebeten"

"after them - "... hat nach ihnen gefragt"

https://translate.google.com/?source=osdd#en/de/My%20grandfather%20has%20asked%20about%20them%0AMy%20grandfather%20has%20asked%20for%20them%0AMy%20grandfather%20has%20asked%20after%20them

After a little more thought I think that "after" implies both "for" and "about" simultaneously, as it implies a desire to see them which might not be fulfilled.

November 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CarolZaczk

It let me use "asked about them". However, that really isn't the same as asking for them (as you said).

April 16, 2014
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