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German - English (British) translations for "dass"

"dass" German translation




Dass is a German conjunction that is used to introduce a subordinate clause, indicating the content of what is being said or thought by the main clause.

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Meaning: that

Er sagt, dass er heute keine Zeit hat.

He says that he doesn't have time today.

Meaning: so that

Ich gehe einkaufen, damit wir genug Essen haben.

I'm going shopping so that we have enough food.

Meaning: in order to

Sie übt jeden Tag, dass sie besser wird.

She practices every day in order to get better.

Meaning: because

Ich bleibe zu Hause, dass ich krank bin.

I'm staying at home because I'm sick.

Meaning: that (reported speech)

Sie sagte mir, dass sie nicht kommen kann.

She told me that she can't come.


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A1: Ich denke, dass du recht hast.

A1: I think that you are right.

A1: Er sagt, dass er heute nicht kommen kann.

A1: He says that he cannot come today.

A1: Sie hofft, dass es morgen schönes Wetter gibt.

A1: She hopes that there will be nice weather tomorrow.

B1: Ich habe gehört, dass sie umgezogen ist.

B1: I heard that she moved.

B1: Es ist wichtig, dass du pünktlich bist.

B1: It is important that you are on time.

B1: Ich wusste nicht, dass er so gut kochen kann.

B1: I didn't know that he can cook so well.

C1: Es wird vermutet, dass der Täter aus dem Ausland stammt.

C1: It is suspected that the perpetrator comes from abroad.

C1: Die Studie zeigt, dass Rauchen das Risiko von Krebs erhöht.

C1: The study shows that smoking increases the risk of cancer.

C1: Es steht fest, dass die Veranstaltung nächste Woche stattfinden wird.

C1: It is certain that the event will take place next week.

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The conjunction dass is one of the most commonly used words in the German language. It serves as a connector between two clauses, with the second clause providing additional information about the first. The word can be translated to 'that' in English, but it is important to note that not all instances of 'that' in English are equivalent to dass in German.

One of the key features of dass is that it requires a change in word order within the subordinate clause. In German, the verb is typically positioned at the end of a sentence, but when using dass, the verb must come before any other elements in the subordinate clause. This can take some getting used to for non-native speakers, but it is an important aspect of understanding how to use this conjunction correctly.

It's also worth noting that there are several other conjunctions in German that can be used in place of dass depending on the context. For example, wenn (meaning 'if' or 'when') and obwohl (meaning 'although') can both be used to introduce subordinate clauses. However, dass remains one of the most versatile and frequently used options.

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