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Passt (it fits / it matches)?

When doing my lessons tonight, I had a few instances where “passt” meant “fits” and a few random ones where it said it meant “matches.”

Every time I look up “passen,” it translates to “to fit!”

April 25, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/birgit72635

Both are right depending on the context. Just imagine yourself in a store where you try on a shirt. Looking at the mirror you can say: "Das passt gut". Then you actually make clear that the shirt has the right size and in English you would have said: "That fits". However, if you want to say that the colours match with your other clothes you would say: "It matches.... ". In German you could say: Es (Das) passt.

"Das passt mir gut" can also be said when you try to get an appointment and you like the suggested time.

A: Kannst du um fünf hier sein? (Can you be here at five?)

B: Ja, das passt mir gut. (Yes, that is fine with me)

April 25, 2018

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

Thanks! That was my hunch as well, but couldn't find any dictionaries that said it could mean both.

April 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/birgit72635

You are welcome ;-)

April 25, 2018

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

Hi indymcfly, please have a look at this site, which shows you some examples for "passen":

https://www.linguee.de/deutsch-englisch/search?source=auto&query=passen&cw=336

April 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

it can mean both depending on the context.

you can also use passt as a reply to "wie gehts" (how are you) in that case it means something like i am (more or less) fine...

April 25, 2018
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