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"And at our time?"

Translation:Und zu unserer Zeit?

January 8, 2018



I have never in 65 years needed to say anything like this. English is my native language and I have no idea what this means.


I have used similar phrasing while working with teams in different the zones. I do agree that it's a little awkward, but i think the author was just showing that German uses a preposition, "zu", that isn't what a native English speaker would use.


Which would be helpful if we understood what the context was in which you use it. Is it about different time-zones? Is it about people with different schedules or shifts or appointments? Is it about rhythm? There's no clue..


Turns out it means none of those things. I looked up some other examples of when this is used and it makes it a lot clearer: https://context.reverso.net/translation/german-english/zu+unserer+Zeit

If only Duolingo had given us one of these examples, such as: Zu unserer Zeit war es anders. = It was different in our day.


Ah, okay, so it's sort of like 'And in our times?', 'And in our day?', 'And these days?' depending on the context.


Thanks. The range of examples in your link really helped.


I took it to mean someone asking for a time zone to be converted.


Giving half of these Duolingo sentences meaning in a regular English day-to-day context is basically writing free creative writing tips for the internet.


What about "and at our time of life we should take it easy"? I think the sentence given is merely a fragment, a response to someone's statement. Your are right, however, by it self it is pretty weird.


Duo wants us to learn the pattern of "zu ... Zeit". Search leo.org for "zu zeit" for all possible real life examples


Can that refer to different time zones?


I was thinking in this very possible meaning ...


Does anyone know if you could also say “Und zu unserer Uhrzeit.”? I note that Zeit is less specific than Uhrzeit, but I would have thought Uhrzeit would make just as much sense.


It's because "zu" is a dative preposition. Since "Zeit" is a feminine singular noun, the possessive pronoun modifying it must have the dative feminine singular ending, which is "er".

Dative endings are: masculine and neuter singular = em; feminine singular = er; all plurals = en.


Why is it zu in the first place and not beim or an or auf or um though? Just idiomatic/how they're used?

It's also confusing becauese unser already ends in "er" but I guess you have to thing of "unser" as fixed


Use zu for non-specific time and um for specific time (um drei Uhr etc.)


Why "zu", and not other prepositions like "um", "an", "bei" etc.?


Would it be ok to use um instead of zu?


I guess not, because ''um'' refers to specific/precise point in time


But isn't this also talking about a specific time? I understand that 'um' is used to give the times of the clock but could someone explain when 'zu' is used with time expressions?


See my response to WarrenBrow3's comment.


Whats the meaning of the phrase in English? Are we talking about time zones?


In German, I'd think this rather refers to the period of time / history.

unsere Zeit = heute / heutigentags = contemporary history


But - in the UK at least - we'd normally say "these days" or "in our (own) time(s)" for that meaning.


America, we say the same, also "nowadays".


I found this: https://www.dict.cc/?s=zu+unserer+Zeit It seems, as quis_lib_duo says, to refer to the current period of time in history.


Could a German speaker comment on:

Rufen Sie bitte mich an; acht Uhr zu (bei) unserer Zeit.


Why not "Und um unseren Zeitpunkt"?


Could someone tell me where I could find more information about German prepositions? I am really confused. My native language is French. I mastered English prepositions with some difficulty, but it's not helping at all with German, unfortunately.


Bad choice as 'zu' is not discussed in the learning space with this section.

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