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German - English (British) translations for "über"

"über" German translation




The German preposition 'über' means 'above', 'over', or 'about'. It is used to indicate a spatial or metaphorical location that is higher or more general than something else.

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Meaning: about

Ich spreche über das Wetter.

I am talking about the weather.

Meaning: above

Das Flugzeug fliegt über den Wolken.

The airplane is flying above the clouds.

Meaning: across

Die Brücke führt über den Fluss.

The bridge leads across the river.

Meaning: on

Das Bild hängt über dem Sofa.

The picture is hanging on the sofa.

Meaning: via

Ich reise über Paris nach Madrid.

I am traveling via Paris to Madrid.

Meaning: concerning

Wir müssen über das Problem sprechen.

We need to talk concerning the problem.


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A1: Ich habe über das Wochenende frei.

I have the weekend off.

A1: Der Vogel fliegt über den Baum.

The bird flies over the tree.

A2: Wir sprechen über das Wetter.

We are talking about the weather.

B1: Über die Jahre hat sich viel verändert.

Over the years, a lot has changed.

B1: Ich denke oft über meine Zukunft nach.

I often think about my future.

B2: Die Diskussion drehte sich hauptsächlich über die Umweltverschmutzung.

The discussion mainly revolved around environmental pollution.

C1: Über die politischen Ereignisse wurde ausführlich berichtet.

The political events were extensively reported on.

C1: Das Buch handelt über das Leben im Mittelalter.

The book is about life in the Middle Ages.

C2: Über die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels wird seit Jahren diskutiert.

The effects of climate change have been discussed for years.

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In its most basic sense, 'über' is used to describe a physical position that is above or over something else. For example, 'Das Flugzeug fliegt über den Wolken' means 'The airplane is flying above the clouds'. In this context, 'über' indicates a relative position in space.

However, 'über' can also be used in a more abstract sense to indicate a higher or more general level of something. For example, 'Ich weiß viel über Geschichte' means 'I know a lot about history'. In this context, 'über' indicates a level of knowledge or understanding that is greater than average.

It's important to note that 'über' is often used in idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs that have specific meanings beyond its literal definition. For example, 'über etwas sprechen' means 'to talk about something', but it can also mean 'to criticize something harshly'. As with any language, context is key when interpreting the meaning of 'über'.

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