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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kavinda14

Your shoelaces are untied

How can i say this in german?

Dein Schnürsenkel sind nicht zugebunden?

November 8, 2017

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gSY55q97

Hi Kavinda, it is very simple in German. You just say: "Deine Schnürsenkel sind offen." (Your laces are open.)


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

Or Deine Schnürsenkel sind auf.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/judith458282

Firstly, you're using the familiar form of you/your - dein - and as "laces" are plural, you need the nomnative plural = deine ... with the E

If you don't know the person well enough to use du/dein, you should use the polite form of you/your - Sie / Ihre

Ihre Schnürsenkel sind ungebunden


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

that depends on whether it is one shoe or both. Ungebunden implies that it was never tied but if it has opened itself because you tied it too sloppy ...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

Thanks Hannibal!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mhre1
  • 2041

In everyday speech you say: Deine (Ihre) Schnürsenkel sind nicht zugebunden.


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

No, this is false. The answer of gSY55q97 is correct: Deine Schnürsenkel sind offen.


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

not that wrong, you could say "dein Schuhbändel (another word for "Schnürsenkel") ist nicht zu"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

Ist es Schuhbänder? I am really confused now. And wouldn't it be deine? (feminine/plural) Edit: I see it would be "shoelace" is untied but isn't Schuhbänder feminine?


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

Shoelaces, along with bread rolls and mugs, fall into the category of "things German has far too many words for". Wikipedia lists Schnürsenkel, Schnürbänder, Schnürriemen, Schuhriemen, Schuhnestel, Schuhbanderl, Schuhbändel, and Schuhbänder (some of them regionalisms). But as far as I can tell (from Wikipedia, dict.cc, and Google Trends) Schnürsenkel is by far the most common, with Schuhbänder coming in a distant second.

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

Thanks pont! That makes a lot of sense.

Who would have thought that Wikipedia would have an entire article on Schnürsenkel?


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

das Schuhband is neuter.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

I really appreciate the natives chiming in. Danke!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

Hey everyone, I am making Anki flashcards when I come across useful phrases; so are you all sure you are right because I don't want to learn something that is not correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

Jbariteau347521, if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen; otherwise you aren't being helpful.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
  • 1314

Hey peoples if you see that you are getting helpful responses from other people, please up-vote them! Personally I do not have much to add usually but I see that others do and their responses are not being up-voted.


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

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