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German - English (British) translations for "mir"

"mir" German translation


mir is a German pronoun that translates to 'me' in English. It is the dative form of the first person singular pronoun 'ich' (I).

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Meaning: to me

Kannst du mir bitte das Buch geben?

Can you please give me the book?

Meaning: for me

Kannst du mir einen Kaffee mitbringen?

Can you bring a coffee for me?

Meaning: with me

Ich habe mein Handy nicht dabei. Kann ich mir deins leihen?

I don't have my phone with me. Can I borrow yours?

Meaning: by myself

Ich werde es mir selbst machen.

I will do it by myself.

Meaning: to myself

Ich schreibe mir eine Erinnerungsnotiz.

I write a reminder note to myself.


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A1: Ich habe mir ein neues Buch gekauft.

A1: I bought myself a new book.

A1: Kannst du mir bitte helfen?

A1: Can you please help me?

A1: Ich möchte mir einen Kaffee bestellen.

A1: I would like to order myself a coffee.

B1: Er hat mir gestern eine E-Mail geschrieben.

B1: He wrote me an email yesterday.

B1: Sie hat sich das Bein gebrochen und muss operiert werden.

B1: She broke her leg and needs to be operated on.

B1: Wir haben uns für den Ausflug vorbereitet.

B1: We prepared ourselves for the excursion.

C1: Ich werde mir morgen einen neuen Computer kaufen.

C1: I will buy myself a new computer tomorrow.

C1: Er hatte sich versprochen, aber niemand hat es bemerkt.

C1: He misspoke, but nobody noticed.

C1: Sie wird sich die Präsentation noch einmal anschauen, bevor sie sie hält.

C1: She will review the presentation again before she delivers it.

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In German, pronouns change their form depending on their grammatical case. The dative case is used to indicate the indirect object of a sentence, usually referring to the recipient or beneficiary of an action.

The pronoun mir is commonly used when someone is receiving or benefiting from something. For example, if someone says 'Ich gebe dir das Buch' (I give you the book), the word 'dir' means 'to you' and it is in the dative case. In this case, the equivalent translation would be 'I give the book to you'.

It's important to note that mir can also be used reflexively, meaning that it refers back to the subject of the sentence. For example, 'Ich wasche mir die Hände' (I wash my hands) uses mir in a reflexive sense to indicate that the action of washing is being done to oneself.

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