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Re: [Czechlist] Ich war einkaufen

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  • Horejsí Eva Ing.
    Diky moc za vysvetleni, vidim, co se tyka znalosti jazyka, ze se clovek stale ma co ucit. Zdravi Eva Horejsi ... From: James Kirchner
    Message 1 of 9 , May 25, 2004
      Diky moc za vysvetleni, vidim, co se tyka znalosti jazyka, ze se clovek
      stale ma co ucit.

      Zdravi
      Eva Horejsi

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "James Kirchner" <jpklists@...>
      To: <Czechlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 2:41 AM
      Subject: Re: [Czechlist] Ich war einkaufen


      > Hey, folks!
      >
      > Since Helga is on vacation, and we haven't had any native Germans
      > speakers weigh in on this, I put the question to the German students I
      > teach English to at ThyssenKrupp. These are generally very literate,
      > well-educated, language-savvy people, so here was their judgment:
      >
      > "Ich war einkaufen," is an informal statement that they deemed similar
      > to saying in English, "Was shopping." It is correct, but informal.
      >
      > A very formal way of saying it would be, "Ich war zum Einkaufen."
      >
      > "Am Einkaufen" doesn't come into play unless one is relating two
      > events, e.g., "Ich war am Einkaufen, als er telefoniert hat." They
      > claimed that simply saying, "Ich war am Einkaufen," just by itself is
      > not normal.
      >
      > As Michael and I pointed out, "Ich war einzukaufen," is odd, and the
      > Germans agreed that it indicated that the person himself was for sale.
      > "Einzukaufen" is used more or less as an infinitive or gerund would be
      > in English: "Ich mag es nicht einzukaufen," (in which the word "es" is
      > a placeholder for "einzukaufen", and does not represent a piece of
      > merchandise), which means, "I don't like shopping," or, "I don't like
      > to go shopping."
      >
      > So, that's what I got from what they said.
      >
      > Jamie
      >
      >
      >
      >
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      >
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