"Ansonsten spiele ich allein."

Translation:Otherwise I am playing alone.

May 16, 2014



I'm native german speaker. "ansonsten" and "sonst" sounds similar to me. You could also use "anderenfalls" or "wenn nicht". "allein" and "alleine" is both correct but the first one is more common in daily speech.

March 23, 2015


Ansonsten has been translated to "apart from that" in every other sentence, so why not here?!

August 2, 2014


Welcome to Duolingo.

August 29, 2014


"Apart from that" and "otherwise" are basically synonymous.

March 15, 2018


Why can't I say "Sonst spiele ich allein"?. I know sonst has other meanings but I'm sure otherwise/ or else is one of them.

August 31, 2014


You should be able to.

It can also mean "(If you don't do that,) then I'll play alone" but it can also mean "Otherwise / in other circumstances, I play alone".

May 17, 2015


So . . . "Ich hoffe meine Freunde werden mich besuchen, sonst spiele ich allein."? (I hope my friends will visit me, otherwise I play alone.)

August 26, 2017


Yes, for example. (With a comma after ich hoffe, I think)

August 26, 2017


Would "Apart from that, I play alone." not work too?

October 5, 2014


Unfortunately, apparently not. :( :/ (I tried, didn't get accepted as correct.)

August 16, 2015

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I love when Duo introduces a new word out of the blue...

November 19, 2014


Just like real life.

March 7, 2015


Real life gives you a bit more context then the single sentence though. You're right, but still.

December 26, 2017


Alleine is not correct?

February 15, 2015


It is.

May 17, 2015


I put, "I am playing alone, otherwise." It was marked wrong. Can someone help me understand why?

July 7, 2015


Do Sonst and Ansonsten mean the same thing?

September 29, 2016


Yes, though it apparently fits into some sentences better than others.

Check out this link for a good explanation of "sonst" with a brief comparison to "ansonsten"

September 30, 2016


Wir sind alles allein, allein geboren, sterben allein.

February 29, 2016


Does "ansonsten" have the same meaning as "otherwise" in the sentence "I need to make some friends otherwise i will play alone."?

June 15, 2017


I don't understand how adverbs work..(hand to chin, sigh).

July 29, 2017


can anyone give a number of possible words for"otherwise"?

January 15, 2015


For those who can understand Tamil, this word is exactly மற்றபடி (Maṭrapaḍi). I don't know how to explain to others.

December 4, 2015


When you are the owner of the ball, and your friends don't have one

January 6, 2016


why is "otherwise i would play alone" wrong but "otherwise i will play alone" right is this not conditional?

February 2, 2016


No - both the German and that second English sentence are indicative, not conditional. The German sentence can refer to the present or to the future.

February 2, 2016


doesn't "Otherwise" force the conditional here? (in the meaning and "it would feel right to put conditional here" way)

February 2, 2016


No, no force. You might simply be stating an alternative future which is certain.

February 2, 2016


Otherwise is more a conjonction and not a adverb ??? And here we are learning adverb "-"

August 14, 2015


The adverb is "alone", describing how this person is playing.

September 7, 2015



Check the adverb examples to get a feeling for it. I wouldn't have known it was an adverb, and I'm pretty sure the conjunction form is more common.

August 14, 2015


Thanks .

August 17, 2015


Can anybody make me understand how German sentences are made?, i mean in the given sentence "Ansonsten spiele ich alleine" translates word to word in English as "Otherwise am playing i alone ". So how are the nouns and verbs placed in Deutsch? Please explain.

February 22, 2016


In main clauses, the verb goes in the second position in German.

The first position is often taken up by the subject, but it can also be occupied by an adverb, as here with "ansonsten". In that case, the verb comes next and then (usually) the subject, followed by other parts of the sentence.

February 22, 2016


The german can be: ich spiele ansonsten allein

August 12, 2016


'Normally i play alone' should be accepted, surely?

January 25, 2018


That's a better translation for Normalerweise spiele ich alleine.

Ansonsten means "otherwise", i.e. in situations other than the one you are talking about right now, while "normally" is more about habit in general.

January 26, 2018


Without context I completely agree with you, but I've noticed recently that there are a number of situations where I would say "normally" in English, and therefore say (or expect to hear) "normalerweise" in German, but hear "ansonsten" instead.

"otherwise", i.e. in situations other than the one you are talking about right now

In a lot of situations I'd actually use "normally" for that. Let me try and illustrate with an example:

Normally I play alone, but there are so many people here today that we can play in teams.

Though, my gut says that would use "normalerweise" in German as well, because the 'exception' comes after, not before; so let me rework it a bit:

We're only playing in teams because of how many people are here today—normally I play alone.
Wir spielen nur in Teams wegen der vielen Leute, die ausgerechnet heute hier sind—ansonsten spiele ich allein.

Now, if in my last example that would still usually be phrased with "normalerweise" then I'll halt die Klappe, but my experience has been that "normally" can often (not necessarily more often) be translated to "ansonsten" (and sort of by extension "sonst"), so I'm actually in favour of RobertHJMa's suggestion.

April 30, 2019
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