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German - English (British) translations for "vorbei"

"vorbei" German translation




vorbei is a German adverb that means 'past' or 'over'. It is used to indicate that something has ended or passed by.

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Meaning: past

Der Zug ist vorbei.

The train has passed.

Meaning: over

Die Prüfung ist endlich vorbei.

The exam is finally over.

Meaning: gone

Die Chance ist vorbei.

The opportunity is gone.

Meaning: by

Komm einfach an meinem Büro vorbei.

Just come by my office.


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A1: Die Schule ist vorbei.

A1: School is over.

A1: Der Zug ist an mir vorbei gefahren.

A1: The train passed me by.

A1: Das Buch liegt vorbei auf dem Tisch.

A1: The book is lying past on the table.

B1: Er ist an mir vorbeigegangen, ohne mich zu bemerken.

B1: He walked past me without noticing me.

B1: Die Prüfung ist schon lange vorbei.

B1: The exam has been over for a long time.

B1: Wir sind am Supermarkt vorbeigefahren und haben eingekauft.

B1: We drove past the supermarket and did some shopping.

C1: Als ich gestern nach Hause kam, war das Essen bereits vorbei.

C1: When I came home yesterday, dinner was already finished.

C1: Nachdem der Sturm vorüber war, begannen wir mit den Aufräumarbeiten.

C1: After the storm had passed, we started cleaning up.

C1: Es wird noch einige Zeit dauern, bis die Pandemie endgültig vorbei ist.

C1: It will take some time until the pandemic is finally over.

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In German, the word vorbei is commonly used to describe the completion or conclusion of an event or situation. It can be used to express that something is finished or no longer happening. For example, if someone asks you if you have finished your work, you can respond with 'Ja, es ist vorbei' which translates to 'Yes, it's over.'

Vorbei can also be used to indicate that something has passed by in time or space. For instance, if you want to say that a train has already passed, you can say 'Der Zug ist vorbei' which means 'The train has gone by.'

Additionally, vorbei can be used figuratively to convey the idea of missed opportunities or lost chances. For example, if someone regrets not taking advantage of an opportunity, they might say 'Die Gelegenheit ist vorbei' meaning 'The opportunity is gone.'

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