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"Hast du ihm nichts gesagt?"

Translation:Didn't you tell him anything?

October 22, 2013


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Is this really best expressed as 'You haven't told him anything?'

I translated it as 'Have you said nothing to him?'

The former seems to express relief in that the speaker expected that the subject had said something. The latter expresses that the speaker is perhaps negatively surprised, even disappointed, that the subject hasn't said anything, perhaps to resolve a situation.

Are both of these expressed in the German sentence; can either be better translated to put across those connotations?

'Du hast ihm nichts gesagt, oder?' - does this work at all?

February 19, 2014


Precisely what struck me about this offered translation. It looks like your way is perfectly alright, but I wish someone could clarify, as i'm not a German native.

February 13, 2015


"Haven't you told him anything" is a better translation. C'mon!

March 3, 2015


I would agree...thanks

August 28, 2017


Have you told him nothing? Is it correct?.correct me if wrong.

May 21, 2017


I put have you told him nothing and it was marked wrong

January 2, 2019


It's correct. This is a disgusting instance of false rejection.

April 2, 2019


"Have you not told him. " accepted by DL

July 7, 2015


have you told him nothing ???

July 9, 2018


Why isn't, " Haven't you spoken to him?" accepted?

May 29, 2016


...can't help but think my "didn't you tell him?" should've been marked wrong... These tenses just kill my brain. :p

October 26, 2016


What is n't???

December 12, 2016


n't shortens the english word "not" and creates a contraction. For example: wouldn't= would not, haven't = have not, isn't = is not.

July 8, 2017


Their English translation is not very good. It is a statement with a question mark after it.

April 26, 2015


"Haven't you said anything to him?" or "Didn't you say anything to him?"

June 29, 2015


For other questions of this nature, I'm usually allowed to replace "Have" with "Did." Can someone clarify why it's not accepted here?

July 29, 2015


Du hast mich gefragt und ich habe nichts gesagt!

July 14, 2019
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