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"Der Eindruck von ihm ist schlecht."

April 4, 2013

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I don't fully understand in what context this sentence can be used. I wrote "His impression is bad" and it was marked correct, but then another correct answer would be "The impression of him is bad".

Does this mean that someone is doing a bad impression of him (i.e. pretending to be him, but unsuccessfully)... or does it mean that he is doing an impression of someone else, but unsuccessfully?


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Someone gives you an impression in the sense that you get an idea of what this person is like. It doesn't have to do with impersonating other people.


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Thanks, that does make a lot more sense. I think a better English translation in that case would be "His impression is negative", I personally wouldn't use the word "bad" in English but I guess that's just the way it's said in German.


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Can't you say that someone "leaves a bad impression"? The problem might have to do more with the sentence structure than with the words.


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The sentence is not used in this way in german language - you are right: it is more like "Er hinterlässt einen schlechten Eindruck" oder "Ich habe eine schlechten Eindruck von ihm"

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