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"Mein Großvater hat nach ihnen gefragt."

Translation:My grandfather has asked for them.

March 2, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iongantas

I don't understand the use of nach here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soglio

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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soglio

"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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kkava

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolZaczk

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

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