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"Es ist kein Zucker da."

April 3, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/fionasanderson

What's wrong with 'There is to be no sugar' and what would the translation of that be? Duo does gives 'ist...da' as meaning 'to be'. So frustrating some times.

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/amoussa
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"ist...da": a better translation would be "to be there/here" like "Der Weihnachtsmann ist da!" (Santa Claus is here), "Ist da jemand?" (Is somebody there?)

"There is to be no sugar" makes it sound like you are a king with an aversion to sugar, like you are making a rule to forbid sugar. The best translation for that is "Es darf kein Zucker da sein!" or "Es darf keinen Zucker geben!"

April 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/fionasanderson

Thanks, that helps!

April 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ehsan
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what about "it is not sugar there"?

April 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/martin_rue

How does this differ in meaning to "Es gibt kein Zucker da"?

May 6, 2013
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