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German - English (British) translations for "erraten"

"erraten" German translation




to guess or figure out something correctly

Part of speech



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Meaning: to guess

Kannst du erraten, welches Tier ich im Kopf habe?

Can you guess which animal I have in mind?

Meaning: to figure out

Ich konnte nicht erraten, was er mir sagen wollte.

I couldn't figure out what he wanted to tell me.

Meaning: to solve

Wir müssen das Rätsel erraten, um die Tür zu öffnen.

We need to solve the puzzle to open the door.

Meaning: to hit upon

Er hat eine geniale Idee erraten.

He hit upon a brilliant idea.

Meaning: to make a lucky guess

Sie hat den richtigen Code erraten und gewonnen.

She made a lucky guess and won by guessing the correct code.



  • ich rate
  • du rätst
  • er/sie/es rät
  • wir raten
  • ihr ratet
  • sie/Sie raten


  • ich riet
  • du rietest
  • er/sie/es riet
  • wir ri(e)ten
  • ihr rietet
  • sie/Sie rieten


  • ich werde raten
  • du wirst raten
  • er/sie/es wird raten
  • wir werden raten
  • ihr werdet raten
  • sie/Sie werden raten


  • ich hatte geraten
  • du hattest geraten
  • er/sie/es hatte geraten
  • wir hatten geraten
  • ihr hattet geraten
  • sie/Sie hatten geraten

Simple Past

  • ich riet
  • du rietest
  • er/sie/es riet
  • wir rieten
  • ihr rietet
  • sie/Sie rieten


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A1: Kannst du meinen Namen erraten?

Can you guess my name?

A1: Ich habe das Rätsel erraten.

I solved the puzzle.

A2: Wir müssen den richtigen Weg erraten.

We need to guess the right way.

B1: Er hat meine Absichten richtig erraten.

He correctly guessed my intentions.

B1: Ich werde versuchen, das Passwort zu erraten.

I will try to guess the password.

B2: Sie hätte nie erraten können, was passiert ist.

She could have never guessed what happened.

C1: Nachdem er die Hinweise analysiert hatte, konnte er den Täter erraten.

After analyzing the clues, he was able to guess the culprit.

C1: Wenn du gut aufpasst, kannst du die Lösung des Rätsels erraten.

If you pay attention, you can guess the solution to the puzzle.

C2: Hätte ich gewusst, dass sie mich betrügt, hätte ich ihre Absichten rechtzeitig erraten können.

If I had known she was cheating on me, I could have guessed her intentions in time.

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The German verb 'erraten' is a combination of the prefix 'er-' and the verb 'raten'. The prefix 'er-' adds the meaning of 'correctly' or 'successfully' to the base verb. Therefore, 'erraten' can be translated as 'to guess or figure out something correctly'.

'Erraten' is a common word used in everyday conversations and can be applied to various situations. For example, you can use it when you successfully guess someone's name or when you correctly solve a riddle. It implies that you have used your intuition, knowledge, or deduction skills to arrive at the correct answer.

In German grammar, 'erraten' belongs to the class of weak verbs. This means that it follows regular conjugation patterns and forms its past tense by adding '-te' or '-ete' to the stem. For instance, the past tense of 'erraten' is 'erratete'.

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