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"außer" German translation




außer is a German preposition that means 'except' or 'besides'. It is used to indicate that something or someone is not included in a group or category.

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Meaning: except for

Außer mir waren alle da.

Everyone was there except for me.

Meaning: besides

Außer Fußball spielt er auch gerne Tennis.

Besides football, he also likes to play tennis.

Meaning: apart from

Außer dem Wetter war alles perfekt.

Apart from the weather, everything was perfect.

Meaning: outside of

Außerhalb der Stadt gibt es viele schöne Wanderwege.

Outside of the city, there are many beautiful hiking trails.

Meaning: beyond

Die Möglichkeiten sind außer unserer Vorstellungskraft.

The possibilities are beyond our imagination.


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A1: Außerhalb des Hauses ist es kalt.

A1: It is cold outside the house.

A1: Ich habe alles außer meinem Buch vergessen.

A1: I have forgotten everything except my book.

A1: Außer Wasser trinke ich nichts.

A1: I don't drink anything except water.

B1: Außer mir war niemand zu Hause.

B1: Nobody was at home except me.

B1: Er hat alle Aufgaben erledigt, außer der letzten.

B1: He completed all the tasks except the last one.

B1: Außer dem Regen hatten wir Glück mit dem Wetter.

B1: We were lucky with the weather except for the rain.

C1: Außer Frage steht, dass er der beste Kandidat ist.

C1: There is no question that he is the best candidate.

C1: Außer Zweifel steht, dass sie die Wahrheit sagt.

C1: There is no doubt that she is telling the truth.

C1: Außer Atem kam er endlich am Ziel an.

C1: Out of breath, he finally reached the goal.

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The preposition außer is commonly used in German to express exclusion or exception. It is often followed by the dative case and can be used with both people and things. For example, 'Alle sind gekommen, außer Peter' means 'Everyone came, except Peter'. In this sentence, außer indicates that Peter is not included in the group of people who came.

Außer can also be used to indicate an exception within a larger group. For instance, 'Ich esse alles außer Fleisch' translates to 'I eat everything except meat'. Here, außer specifies that meat is the only exception to the speaker's general preference for eating everything.

In addition to its meaning as 'except' or 'besides', außer can also be used in other contexts. For example, it can be used to express surprise or disbelief, similar to the English expression 'besides!' or 'apart from that!'. Overall, außer is a versatile preposition that plays an important role in German language.

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