To be something ( verb ) in German?
Sorry for the lackluster title, but examples of what I need help with are :
- I wish to be chosen
- The cat is to be brushed
- The meal is to be cooked
Anyone know how these would translate into German?
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To my understanding there are several issues here.
First: The cat is brushed - Die Katze wird gebürstet. That's the passive voice. While English uses "to be" for the passive voice, German uses "werden".
Second: I wish to be chosen: Ich möchte ausgewählt werden. That's the passive voice in combination with a modal verb. Notice the change in word order.
Third: The meal is to be cooked. In the sense of "The meal is about to be cooked (any minute now) that would be "Die Mahlzeit wird gleich / jeden Augenblick zubereitet / gekocht." In the sense of "The meal needs to be cooked" that would be "Die Mahlzeit muss gekocht werden."