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What would be real English translation for "Der Dezember definiert Weihnachten."

I see a lot of:

x definiert y

How should they be translated into English?

Surely, it can and should not be

x defines y (especially in sentences like "Der Dezember definiert Weihnachten.")

What do you think?

Thank you all!

September 25, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kragi

I am a native german speaker and have never heard this sentence before. To me using the same words "December is all about christmas" would translate to "Weihnachten definiert den Dezember" or "Den Dezember definiert Weihnachten", which sounds awkward in this case. That is december as accusative.

September 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/sebas

"Der Dezember definiert Weihnachten" is a nonsense sentence in German. It makes as much and as little sense as the literal translation "The December defines Christmas".

see http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/definieren

September 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Eyvind

I'm neither a German nor an English native speaker, but what about "December is all about christmas"?

September 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/mcpopeawesome

Thank you all for your kind responses. I wish duolungo used some of its millions of dollars in funding to hire a German person for a day or two and make them read the sentences they use to find out if they are "actual" or not.

September 26, 2012
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