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Auf uns zu?

  1. What is the meaning of auf uns zu in "Ein Wagen auf uns zu,"

  2. What is the difference between messen and vermessen?

LG Jason

3/1/2018, 8:55:43 AM

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  1. towards us

  2. "vermessen" = the activity of measuring something, e.g. the size of a piece of land, or a room to find out how many rolls of wallpaper you need; anyway a larger object, always concerning lengths, and with more activity involved than just putting a 30cm ruler to it; "messen" = for all sorts of measurement (e.g. temperature, radioactive radiation, density, to what extent people use public transport, ...)

Edit: crossposted with Lukas - he's right, "vermessen" could also mean "to measure wrong", e.g. "Ich habe mich vermessen." It could also mean "presumptious", by the way.

3/1/2018, 10:03:54 AM

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In the first sentence there lacks a verb. You could say "Ein Wagen fährt auf uns zu" which would mean "A car is driving towards us"

Messen means measure, and vermessen means make a mistake when measuring/ measure wrong.

3/1/2018, 9:58:46 AM

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Vermessen is only a measurement error when it's used reflexively. Ich habe mich (bei XYZ) vermessen. If i say "Ich habe das Auto vermessen" it means I took the dimensions of the car.

3/1/2018, 8:29:50 PM
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