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"Du kannst spazieren gehen oder so."

April 19, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thomasgric3

"You can go on a walk or so" doesn't make sense. YOu can go on a walk or something, yes.


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

Sure. For example. "I'm going to be busy for an hour or, so I can't talk to you. You can go for a walk or something." If you wanted to be more complete, you could say ". . . or do something else" or "or do something else of your choosing" "or do something else, just don't bother me now."


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

I think the english sentence is not complete. It should be:

You can go for a walk or something like that.


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

I'm American, and I think it makes perfect sense. It's not proper, but it's common to end the sentence with just "or something".


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

The point isn't only that it's not proper, which it isn't, but what meaning does it give. Does it mean "go for a walk or something else (anything - just get away from me)" or what? I see no clear meaning in English (as another American). The meaning in German is similarly unclear to me. At least, thank to duolingo I now know how to translate it, even if I don't know what it means!


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

In my experience, it's very common to say things like this in English. It's a noncommittal way of letting the complete thought trail off. Basically means "You can go for a walk or something else (other than going for a walk)". It conveys that's one option, but there are others you just aren't bothering to mention. Does that make sense?


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

Yeah, whatever! Or something like that? Real colloquial stuff is so hard to get right without all the clues of voice intonation, facial expression etc. Guess we're back to good ole context again. . .


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

I wouldn't say it's improper, just vague--and probably deliberately vague.


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

So vague that I thought it meant "You can go for a walk or not" - there was a similar use of "oder" earlier - but I'm wrong. . .

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