By K. B. Beaton
This publication is largely an improved and up-to-date model of the vintage "Dictionary of German Synonyms" via B.K. Farrell, one among my all-time favourite language books. The books percentage a few amazing similarities and i'm incorporating my assessment of that booklet during this review.
Recently in my German dialog category I remarked anything to the impression that each time I make a presentation to a wide team i'm grateful that "am mindestens ist es auf Englisch" that's, "at least it really is in English," my local tongue. My teacher, a local speaker of German, instinctively corrected my use of the time period "am mindestens," asserting that I must have stated "am wenigstens ist es auf Englisch," but if requested, she discovered that even supposing she was once certain "am wenigstens" will be right, she could not rather clarify why.
I evidently grew to become my outdated trustworthy "Dictonary of German Synonyms", considered one of my favourite language books, for explanation. the excellence is outwardly that "am mindestens" can be used essentially with particular numerical quantities, comparable to for instance "I drank a minimum of 2 liters of Gluhwein final night." I say "apparently" as the clarification in Farrell's publication is de facto a piece cryptic.
Much extra transparent is the more moderen and bigger (and costlier) "A useful Dictionary of German utilization" by way of K.B. Beaton. the 2 books are tremendous comparable. Farrell used to be a Professor of German on the collage of Sydney and his booklet was once released by way of Cambridge collage Press. Beaton used to be a Senior Lecturer in German experiences on the college of Sydney and his e-book is released through Oxford college Press. Why the collage of Sydney will be the middle of English language learn in German synonyms is a interest, but when now not Sydney, Australia, the place may still they be studied?
Beaton recognizes Farrell's pioneering paintings within the box yet sincerely believes it was once already outdated by means of the Nineteen Sixties. in the event you can simply come up with the money for one booklet, i guess i might suggest the dearer Beaton, yet regardless of the similarities I nonetheless locate Farrell's older paintings extra readable. If not anything else, Farrell's e-book is much less unwieldy and more straightforward to learn for pleasure.
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Ganz translates all and whole as well as all of or the whole of. , as in mein ganzes Geld, die ganze Arbeit, das ganze Wasser, das ganze Obst, das ganze Brot, etc. An expression like all sein Leben may occur in the written language, but it does not belong to ordinary speech, which uses sein ganzes Leben. In all die Zeit or all das Wasser, die and das are stressed demonstratives corresponding to that, not to the. All das Geld = 'all that money'. Cf. 2. i. Ganz is used with geographical names without an article or inflection and means 'the whole population or area'.
Which sense is intended depends on the context. /etw. her sein is restricted to money and people. Er ist hinter jedem Rock her. Ich ging/lief/rannte/fuhr hinter ihm her. ' Ein Stein flog hinter ihm her (was thrown in his direction). Er schickte einen Boten hinter uns her. Sie sind hinter dem Geld her wie der Teufel hinter tier armen Seele. Other equivalents of be after. Er hat es auf ihr Geld/eine Spitzenposition abgesehen. Cf. AIM 2. iv. Er war auf Beförderung/eine leitende Stelle aus. Be after can mean 'to be looking for'.
Vi. , or organized events which are planned for the future. Die Direktion hat eine Neuorganisation des Betriebes angekündigt. Die Regierung kündigte verschärfte Maßnahmen gegen die Steuerhinterziehung an. Man kündigte das Konzert durch Plakate und Zeitungsanzeigen an. Man hat eine Reform des Schulwesens angekündigt. vii.
A Practical Dictionary of German Usage by K. B. Beaton