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Obwohl ich mir doch alle Mühe gebe, bleibt unterm Strich der Rechnung wieder mal eine Null.

Can I get help to translate that?

June 17, 2017

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Obwohl ich mir doch alle Mühe gebe,

this is a dependent clause with Obwohl, so it's inverted. sich Mühe geben means "to make an effort"

Even though I make such an effort,

bleibt unterm Strich der Rechnung wieder mal eine Null

unterm Strich or unterm Strich der Rechnung means something like "bottom line" or "at the end of it". wieder mal means "again"

again, only a zero remains bottom line

This whole sentence is highly idiomatic.

Even though I do make such an effort, at the end of it, the result is again nothing.

June 17, 2017

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sehr gut erklärt, danke

June 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/GooDDmann

thanks a lot for that :-)

June 18, 2017
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