"This hat looks excellent on you!"
Translation:Dieser Hut steht Ihnen ausgezeichnet!
For whatever reason it thought I said "Dieser sieht wunderbar bei aus dir" and it took it, but what I tried to say was "Dieser Hut sieht ausgezeichnet auf dir". Which Google at least thinks is "This hat looks excellent on you". I am a bit confused as to how to say looks as opposed to see. I 'looked up' look and found Aussehen. Oh well, onward I go...There must be a difference between seeing something, looking at something, vesus how something looks, appears. The problem I have with this software is there are no lesson plans explaining such things, IE the language nuances etc and thus you are often left to guess.
First, excuse me if my dative/accusative declensions are off, but that won't interfere with what I'm explaining.
To say something "looks" like something else, you use the three key words "sehen" (conjugated, of course), "wie", and "aus".
The "sehen", of course, is to state that something/someone "looks", "wie" is "how" and "aus" is " from.
In German, there isn't one word for "like", so we use "wie" and "aus" to say "like". But obviously we don't say "he looks how his sister from" in English.
For example, the sentence "Er sieht wie seine Schwester aus" would translate to "He looks like his sister"
Also, you could say "Er sieht wie aus seine Schwester" and people would understand you, but it usually just sounds a lot better putting "aus" at the end, and i also believe it is more grammatically correct
Ich hoffe, Ich habe dir geholfen.
I thought "look" like to look like something or someone was aussehen. I am probably wrong but my question is why "ausgezeichnet"? I thought it would be sieht ... aus but I don't understand why "aus" is connected to "gezeichnet" (I thought the aus would be a part of a separable verb. Can someone explain this or break down this sentence in general? Thank you!
It might help to think of "ausgezeichnet" as meaning "outstanding." That is where the "aus" comes from; it is just part of the word. If you formed a sentence with "aussehen", you would end up with "aus" in the sentence twice, maybe something like this:
Heute siehst du ausgezeichnet aus.