Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2010

*Je . . . Desto*

It took me a long time to grasp the way to say things like this:

The more I read the more I want to read.

or

The less I (fill in your own words here) the less I (and here).

etc.
And I'll tell you why. The words that Germans use in these cases sound ridiculously non-German to me. They sound Spanish or something. And I could never remember which word came first.

Here they are:

je

desto

The leo.org dictionary (my lifeline) defines "je . . . desto" as "the . . . the." Yeah. Confusing without an example. So here's one for your enjoyment:

Je mehr ich lese, desto mehr ich lesen will. (The more I read, the more I want to read.)

Kommentare:

RV U's hat gesagt…

I just found this blog from cjane's link. I served a mission 20+ years ago in deustchland and vermiss it sehr. I will be visiting this site oft!

Omgirl hat gesagt…

You know, I always wondered how to say that. I think I tried to translate "the more I..." literally several times and just got strange looks from everyone. Should I ever need to say that from now on, I'm going to try really hard to remember this post!

Kodiak D hat gesagt…

I love je... desto, and I'm glad you're excited about it, but you made an error in your example. It should read: "Je mehr ich lese, desto mehr will ich lesen."

Source: German teacher!

Michemily hat gesagt…

Thanks Kodiak D. That does sound better. :)

Kodiak D hat gesagt…

Always happy to help! Keep up the good work.

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