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Was bedeutet in diesem Satz "erst"?

Rettungskräften zufolge sind bisher erst 196 der 298 Opfer geborgen worden

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    Punk H hat Recht! :)

    "erst 196 der 298 Opfer" = "only 196 of the 298 victims"

     

    To elaborate some more: as the others have said, it means "only", but it also carries the meaning of "more to come", so the number isn't final yet. I wouldn't use it (but "nur" instead) when talking about a plane crash years ago where no victims are being recovered any more, for example.

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