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German - English (British) translations for "so"

"so" German translation




So is a German adverb that can be translated to English as 'so', 'thus', or 'in this way'. It is used to indicate a manner or degree of something.

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Meaning: in this way

Ich habe es so gemacht.

I did it like this.

Meaning: therefore

Er war krank, so blieb er zu Hause.

He was sick, therefore he stayed at home.

Meaning: as much/many

So viele Leute waren noch nie hier.

As many people have never been here before.

Meaning: so that

Ich lerne Deutsch, so dass ich in Deutschland arbeiten kann.

I am learning German so that I can work in Germany.

Meaning: like this/that

Ich mag es nicht so.

I don't like it like this.


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A1: Ich bin so müde.

I am so tired.

A1: Sie spricht so schnell.

She speaks so fast.

A1: Er isst so viel.

He eats so much.

B1: Ich habe noch nie so etwas Schönes gesehen.

I have never seen something so beautiful.

B1: Es war so laut, dass ich nichts hören konnte.

It was so loud that I couldn't hear anything.

B1: Wir haben uns schon so lange nicht mehr gesehen.

We haven't seen each other for so long.

C1: So sehr ich mich auch bemühte, ich konnte ihn nicht überzeugen.

No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't convince him.

C1: Sofern das Wetter mitspielt, werden wir wandern gehen.

Provided the weather is good, we will go hiking.

C1: Ich habe es so verstanden, dass du nächste Woche kommen wirst.

I understood it to mean that you will come next week.

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In German, so is a versatile adverb that can be used in many different contexts. One of its most common uses is to indicate a manner or degree of something. For example, if someone asks you how you are feeling and you want to say that you're feeling okay, you might say 'Mir geht es so.' This translates to 'I'm feeling so-so' in English.

Another common use of so is to indicate a cause-and-effect relationship. In this context, so can be translated to 'thus' or 'therefore'. For example, if someone asks why you're not going to the party tonight, you might say 'Ich habe viel Arbeit zu tun, so kann ich nicht gehen.' This translates to 'I have a lot of work to do, thus I can't go.'

Finally, so can also be used to express agreement or confirmation. In this context, it is often used at the end of a sentence. For example, if someone tells you that they're going on vacation next week, you might respond with 'So?' This translates to 'Really?' or 'Is that so?' in English.

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