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"Eine Einführung in ihre Ergebnisse und Probleme."

Translation:An introduction into her results and problems.

March 3, 2013



What is this supposed to mean? Even as a paper heading, this makes zero sense in English. Would it make sense to a German speaker?


Science historian? Professor announcing the review an advanced student is about to make of her work?


The "Into" bit really throws us native English speakers off. You can be introduced into a group or an environment but not results and problems? It's a bit like introducing someone into your ex; it implies something I'm pretty sure no-one involved actually wants.


An Introduction to her Results and Problems would sound better, though still odd.


I took "problems" to mean something like "research questions" (though I didn't go out on a limb and translate it that way). Problems have answers or solutions; research has results (at least in English).


In that case, I would have said problems and results, unless the results were the problem.


Maybe they are solutions in search of a problem ;-)


In school Physics our practical write ups had to include a section on sources of error and what steps you took to minimise those risks of error. I'm guessing that might be what they mean by "problems".

I agree that in English we say "An introduction to . . ." I can see why they've (erroneously) put "into" because the German is using "in" plus Accusative - but that doesn't make it right!! Good news is that I've seen in another post that "to" is accepted ;-)


Introduction into should be introduction to


I agree. I'm surprised that this has not been changed


Shouldn't this be "her" or "their," as "ihre" is not capitalized? Or am I missing something?


I have a question just out of curiosity. Have there been any attempts thoughout the history of the German language to introduce separate words for "sie" (she), "sie" (they) and "Sie" (you)?


Have there been any attempts thoughout the history of the German language to introduce separate words for "sie" (she), "sie" (they) and "Sie" (you)?

No, this is really only a problem for learners, not for native speakers. In fact, there used to be several different forms in Old High German. "siu" meant "she" and "they" (neuter), "sie" meant "they" (masculine), and "sio" meant "they (feminine), but they ended up being assimilated phonetically.


If you want to avoid confusion, you can use demonstrative pronouns instead of personal pronouns. That's what many native speakers do in colloquial speech anyway. Just note that this is considered rude when the people you're talking about are present.

Er hat ein Buch - Der hat ein Buch

Sie hat ein Buch - Die hat ein Buch

Sie haben ein Buch - Die haben ein Buch

Since there's no demonstrative formal you, "die haben" can only mean "they have".


Thanks for the answer.


I am wondering a similar thing. How do you tell if ihre means "her" or "your"?


This is, in my opinion, the weirdest sentence I've ever seen in Duo, and that says a lot.


See Vabelies explanation above. I have heard something like this quite often.


I think "into" is completely wrong. "To" would be correct if it was an intoduction of a book or something, but at a conference the chairman would say "an introduction of her results.....".


For me, the idea makes sense (as a researcher), but it is not a complete sentence in English. For example, if a person were going to give a talk on her research, someone might ask, "What is she going to talk about?" A response might be, "She will give an introduction to (maybe into if a casual conversation?) her results and problems." In this case "problems" might be difficulty completing the research or it could mean possible error with her results.


Eine Einführung in ihre Ergebnisse und Probleme

Why the form remains as Nominative after "in" here, I thought it should be dative? anyone?


It's accusative.


Thanks for the prompt answer. I see, it belongs to the "unbestimmtem Artikel" group. Thanks


But why is it accusative in this case brother?


I think because it is an introduction "into something", which means a movement so accusative after "in"


Can "her" ever be "its" if the antecedent is a feminine noun other than a person?


FYI: In American English "to" is used almost exclusively. Fortunately, Duolingo accepts "An introduction to her results and problems."


How is this different from "die Vorstellung"? Can you "einführen" yourself to people?


"An introduction to her lab work and problems." ?


Another weird English translation...


I agree with others that "into " is wrong. Also "ihre" can of course mean "her", but could also mean "Its" if it refers to something which uses the feminine (eg Arbeit)


Could the 'ihre' not be 'it' - as a reference to, for example, 'die Forschung'?


We can't guess that one!

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