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"Er trinkt nicht einmal die kostenlose Tasse Kaffee aus."

December 16, 2012

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

Shouldn't the correct answer be "He does not even drink the free cup of coffee"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dhiraj.Eadara

the original translation is crap. somebody fix it please


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sk8rMom

"He does not even finish the free cup of coffee" worked for me.


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

Literally, isn't it "He doesn't drink once from the free cup of coffee"? in other words--not only doesn't he empty it--as the translation suggests--he doesn't even take a sip.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/f.formica
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I think the key is the preposition aus: austrinken means "to drink in one go", "to drink it all".


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

Thank--I was overlooking the "aus" in all the excitement. So, a better translation would be something like "He doesn't once drain the free cup of coffee"?


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

'nicht einmal' = not even. That's somehow a fixed translations. austrinken = drink up. He doesn't even drink up the free cup of coffee.


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

Thank you. I think "nicht einmal" has tripped me up at least once before--I want to translate it more literally as "not once" or "not one time." I'll put that on the list of idioms that I keep on a sticky on my computer monitor. It won't catch me again. ;-)


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

Or . . . He doesn't even empty the free cup of coffee once?


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

is 'he even does not finish the free cup of coffee' correct?


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

In English, you'd put "even" right before the main verb, "finish," or before the object "the free cup of coffee," depending on which one you wanted to emphasize.

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