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"Nehmen wir mal an, er ist hier."

April 19, 2013



what is the function of "mal" in this sentence?

If this sentence were'

Nehmen wir an, er ist hier..... would this be ok"


Yes, a few words like "mal" and "doch" do not have literal translations in English. This sentence means pretty much the same thing without the "mal". Here, "mal" makes the tone more informal and puts the emphasis on a more hypothetical assumption. (Think "let us assume for a minute...")

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