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Avoiding the ambiguity of 'Mann' in German As far as I know, 'Mann' in German means 'man or husband'. So how do you distinguish between them - do you determine it from the context of the conversation?
Aug 24, 2014 1:45 PM
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Just by context. When you read somewhere "der Mann...." you can presume it's an adult male. Nothing about whether he's married or not. When a woman says "mein Mann..." then it's usually the spouse. Could also be just her boyfriend though. Pretty much the same applies to "Frau". People seldom use Ehemann or Ehefrau in informal conversation.
August 24, 2014
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