https://www.duolingo.com/cluney2

Gut gemacht. Made up sentance or real?

Hey everyone just quick question. Do Germans really say Gut gemacht. Or is this English people trying to replicate Well done? Just seeing if I should use it among my German friends.

9/6/2017, 10:22:31 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Cluney,

yes, we say that^^. You can use it when your friends did something right or good.

regards Angel

9/6/2017, 10:38:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/cluney2

Thank you :D

9/6/2017, 10:54:04 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamKean
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Hi cluney2,
As Angel already aced your question, I thought I might just add a couple thoughts:

  1. *sentence (not sentance)

  2. If you want to talk about a sentence where English speakers have tried to impose English onto German (and get German purists up in arms in so doing) try „das macht Sinn“ on for size. If you don't mind spoilers, that sentence started essentially how you imagined „gut gemacht“ came about, but managed to get traction with the natives and has been adopted into the "Umgangssprache" (colloquial language); much to the displeasure of German language purists (possibly with myself included; I'm not sure where I stand on this issue).

If you don't want to upset anyone and want to translate "that makes sense", just play it safe and say:

„Das ergibt Sinn.“

9/7/2017, 10:47:35 PM
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