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Why does this sentence use 'lassen'?

*) Why does the verb unterscheiden uses lassen in this sentence?

"Die Aussprache von X lässt sich kaum von Y unterscheiden?

*) What is the difference between die Gardine and der Vorhang?

*) How does one differentiate between ganz besonders and besonders?

LG Jason

July 26, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannibal-Barkas

Because it cannot do it by itself, so someone else has to do it ;-) IMO it is either technically impossible (stated as a fact, according to data - unterscheidet sich nicht) or as a subjective opinion (it is almost impossible for a person to find the difference between the two - lässt sich nicht unterscheiden).

"Gardine" is a window curtain you can see through - at least a bit. "Vorhang" can be both a curtain for windows or the thing in a theatre that goes up when the show begins. At least in southern Germany it is possible to use either of them for describing a curtain.

It is a matter of added emphasis to use "ganz besonders" instead of "besonders". The statement remains the same but I would omit "ganz" unless I wanted to strongly praise someone or something


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

This sentence "Die Aussprache von X lässt sich kaum von Y unterscheiden" got my attention, could you explain a little bit more? The word-for-word translation into English would sound awkward. In English you would say "the pronunciation of X differs hardly from (the pronunciation of) Y".

So now comes the question. Could you say in German "Die Aussprache von X unterscheidet kaum von Y"?


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  1. I really don't know, don't question it, just accept it.
  2. they both mean the same
  3. ''ganz besonders'' is (although just a little) more 'powerful' than ''besonders'', if you get what I mean. f.e. ,,Du bist etwas ganz besonderes!'' and ,,Du bist etwas besonderes.'' You can say both.
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