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German - English (British) translations for "nur"

"nur" German translation




Nur is a German adverb that means 'only' or 'just'. It is used to indicate a limitation or restriction on the subject of the sentence.

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Meaning: only

Ich esse nur Gemüse.

I only eat vegetables.

Meaning: just

Ich habe nur eine Frage.

I just have one question.

Meaning: merely

Das ist nur ein Beispiel.

That is merely an example.

Meaning: simply

Nur so kann ich es erklären.

Simply put, that's how I can explain it.


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A1: Ich habe nur einen Apfel.

I only have one apple.

A1: Wir haben nur eine Stunde Zeit.

We only have one hour of time.

A1: Ich trinke nur Wasser.

I only drink water.

B1: Ich kann nur Deutsch sprechen.

I can only speak German.

B1: Sie hat nur ein paar Minuten gebraucht, um das Problem zu lösen.

She only needed a few minutes to solve the problem.

B1: Ich habe ihn nur einmal getroffen, aber er war sehr nett.

I only met him once, but he was very nice.

C1: Nur wenn wir hart arbeiten, können wir unser Ziel erreichen.

Only if we work hard can we achieve our goal.

C1: Es ist nicht nur wichtig, was man sagt, sondern auch wie man es sagt.

It's not only important what you say, but also how you say it.

C1: Nur wer bereit ist, Risiken einzugehen, kann Erfolg haben.

Only those who are willing to take risks can be successful.

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In German, nur is often used to emphasize the limited scope of something. For example, 'Ich habe nur eine Tasse Kaffee getrunken' translates to 'I only drank one cup of coffee'. The use of nur in this sentence emphasizes that the speaker did not drink more than one cup of coffee.

Nur can also be used to express a sense of disappointment or frustration. For instance, if someone asks you if you enjoyed a movie and you respond with 'Es war nur okay', it implies that you didn't think the movie was particularly good.

It's important to note that nur is often used in combination with other words to create compound adverbs. For example, 'nur noch' means 'only now' or 'just now', while 'nur ein bisschen' means 'just a little bit'. These compound adverbs are commonly used in everyday conversation.

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