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German - English (British) translations for "nie"

"nie" German translation




Nie is a German adverb which means never or not ever.

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Meaning: never

Ich habe nie Zeit für Urlaub.

I never have time for vacation.

Meaning: ever

Hast du nie davon geträumt, ein Astronaut zu sein?

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut?

Meaning: not at all

Das Essen schmeckt mir nie.

I don't like the taste of the food at all.

Meaning: by no means

Er ist nie der Beste in seinem Team.

He is by no means the best in his team.


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A1: Ich habe nie Pizza gegessen.

A1: I have never eaten pizza.

A1: Er kommt nie zu spät zur Arbeit.

A1: He never comes late to work.

A1: Wir haben nie den Film gesehen.

A1: We have never seen the movie.

B1: Sie hat nie aufgegeben und ihr Ziel erreicht.

B1: She never gave up and achieved her goal.

B1: Wir werden nie vergessen, was passiert ist.

B1: We will never forget what happened.

B1: Er hatte nie so viel Glück wie jetzt.

B1: He has never had as much luck as he does now.

C1: Wenn ich dich nie getroffen hätte, wäre mein Leben anders verlaufen.

C1: If I had never met you, my life would have turned out differently.

C1: Nie zuvor habe ich solch eine schöne Aussicht gesehen.

C1: Never before have I seen such a beautiful view.

C1: Es wird nie genug Zeit geben, um alles zu erledigen.

C1: There will never be enough time to do everything.

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The word nie is commonly used in the German language to express negation of an action or event. It can be used in various contexts such as personal experiences, general statements, and hypothetical situations. For example, 'Ich habe nie Deutsch gelernt' translates to 'I have never learned German'.

In some cases, nie can also be used to emphasize the negative aspect of a statement. For instance, 'Ich werde nie wieder zu diesem Restaurant gehen' translates to 'I will never go back to this restaurant again'. Here, the use of nie emphasizes the speaker's strong aversion towards the restaurant.

It is important to note that nie is often paired with other negative words such as kein (not any) and nichts (nothing) to further strengthen the negation. For example, 'Ich habe nie etwas davon gehört' translates to 'I have never heard anything about it'. In this case, the combination of nie and nichts intensifies the negation.

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