Site Feedback
Important Notice: Feb 1st from 05:00 to 08:00 (UTC) , italki will be down for scheduled maintenance. If you have scheduled sessions during this time, read our Announcement

Resolved questions
Was bedeutet dieser Satz? (Auf Englisch bitte...)

Er war zu müde, um mitgekommen zu können.


Ich tue dir leid = You are sorry for me ?

I said I was sorry = Ich sagte, dass...
I said I was sorry for him = Ich sagte, dass...

For learning: German
Base language: German
Category: Language

Share:

0 comments

    Please enter between 2 and 2000 characters.

     

    Answers

    Sort by:

     

    Best Answer - Chosen by the Asker
    Er war zu müde, um mitgekommen zu können.
    The auciliary verb for the perfect tense is missing in this sentence; it should be:
    Er war zu müde, um mitgekommen sein zu können.
    >He was too tired to be able to come along.
    However, in order to get a precise translation of the tense expressed in this sentence one would have to rephrase a bit:
    He was so tired that he hasn't been able to come along.


    Ich tue dir leid = You are sorry for me ?
    > It's a different way to say "You are sorry for me/you pity me". Grammatically, the person that is pitied is the subject.
    Compare:
    Ich tue mir leid - I pity myself./ I feel sorry for myself (if that is acceptable in English, not sure here)
    Du tust mir leid - I pity you. / I feel sorry for you

    I said I was sorry = Ich sagte, dass...
    > Ich sagte, dass es mir leid tue.
    I said I was sorry for him = Ich sagte, dass...
    > Ich sagte, dass er mir leid tue/ dass es mir für ihn leid tue.

    You can use both to express the notion of pity in German:

    leid tun (with expletive es and prep. für + accusative) - Es tut mir leid für ihn/sie etc.
    leid tun (with different possible subjects and dative) - Du tust mir/dir/ihr tec leid.

    Submit your answer


    Please enter between 2 and 2000 characters.

    If you copy this answer from another italki answer page, please state the URL of where you got your answer from.