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"da" German translation




Da is a German adverb that can be translated to 'there', 'then', or 'because'. It is a versatile word that has multiple meanings and uses depending on the context in which it is used.

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Meaning: there

Ich war gestern da.

I was there yesterday.

Meaning: because of that

Er hat das getan, und da ist er jetzt in Schwierigkeiten.

He did that, and because of that he's now in trouble.

Meaning: then

Ich gehe einkaufen und da treffe ich meine Freunde.

I'm going shopping and then I'll meet my friends.

Meaning: in that case

Wenn es regnet, bleiben wir zu Hause. Aber wenn die Sonne scheint, gehen wir raus. Da können wir picknicken.

If it rains, we'll stay at home. But if the sun is shining, we'll go out. In that case, we can have a picnic.

Meaning: here

Da ist mein Haus.

Here is my house.


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A1: Da ist mein Buch.

There is my book.

A1: Ich gehe da hin.

I am going there.

A1: Da drüben ist ein Park.

Over there is a park.

B1: Ich habe da schon mal gewohnt.

I have lived there before.

B1: Da ich kein Auto habe, muss ich mit dem Bus fahren.

Since I don't have a car, I have to take the bus.

B1: Wenn du da warst, kannst du mir sagen, wie es war?

If you've been there, can you tell me how it was?

C1: Da er immer pünktlich ist, hat er den Job bekommen.

Since he is always on time, he got the job.

C1: Ich würde gerne wissen, ob da etwas im Vertrag steht.

I would like to know if something is stated in the contract.

C1: Da ich nicht wusste, wo ich hin sollte, habe ich mich verlaufen.

Since I didn't know where to go, I got lost.

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One of the most common uses of da is as an adverb of place, where it can be translated to 'there' or 'here'. For example, 'Ich bin da' means 'I am here' or 'I am there', depending on the context. Da can also be used as an adverb of time, where it can mean 'then' or 'at that time'. For instance, 'Ich war damals noch jung und unerfahren' means 'I was young and inexperienced back then'.

Another use of da is as a conjunction, where it can be translated to 'because' or 'since'. In this case, it is often used with the verb sein (to be) to form the phrase da sein, which means 'to exist' or 'to be present'. For example, 'Ich bin da, weil ich gebraucht werde' means 'I am here because I am needed'.

Finally, da can also be used as a pronoun to refer to something that has been mentioned before. In this case, it is often accompanied by a preposition such as von (of), zu (to), or bei (at). For instance, 'Ich habe von ihm gehört, aber ich kenne ihn nicht persönlich. Kennst du ihn?' - 'Nein, ich habe noch nie von ihm gehört.' Here, da refers to the person who was mentioned earlier.

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