Andrew Zhao
Question about the expression "from... to..." in German. I'm not very clear about the way to express "from...to..." in German, you can find the following examples. 1. E: from left to right G: von links nach rechts 2. E: from head to foot G: von Kopt bis Fuß See, both "from...to..." in English, but they are "von...nach..." and "von...bis..." in German. Why? Could it be said that "von...nach..." indicates horizontal direction, and "von...bis..." demonstrates vertical direction? Thank you.
Jul 10, 2015 4:18 AM
Answers · 3
von ... nach --> usually used when talking about distances. von Berlin nach Hamburg / from Berlin to Hamburg von -- bis --> usually used when talking about time duration von 9 bis 10 Uhr / from 9 to 10 o'clock Your example "von Kopf bis Fuss" is a bit of an exception as it is a German saying which is used to express a state which affects the whole body (wet due to rain, pain)
July 10, 2015
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Andrew Zhao
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, German
Learning Language
English, German