"Lose weight where applicable."

Translation:Nehmen Sie gegebenenfalls ab.

March 31, 2013

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

can someone explain how a non-German speaker unfamiliar with idiomatic usage is supposed to understand how anything in this sentence would lead one to the phrase "to lose weight?"


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    abnehmen = to lose weight

    It's not actually an idiom. You're probably confused by the separable prefix.

    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~german/Grammatik/Wortbildung/Separables.html

    By the way, the English translation seems a bit odd. I'd translate it as "Lose weight if necessary".


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bf2010
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    I agree, "Lose weight if necessary" is the better translation. As for the English "where applicable" I would never use it refering to a person.


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

    I don't get this sentence at all, when I study the dictionary or think about it. Google translate says "Pick up if necessary" ??? Confusing.

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