By K. B. Beaton
A massive hassle confronted via English audio system studying German is that of discovering precisely the correct German notice to translate an English notice in a specific context. This dictionary makes a speciality of these phrases which reason specific problems for audio system of English, offering longer articles than these present in conventional bilingual dictionaries.
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Other equivalents of be after. Er hat es auf ihr Geld/eine Spitzenposition abgesehen. Cf. AIM 2. iv. Er war auf Beförderung/eine leitende Stelle aus. Be after can mean 'to be looking for'. iv. Vs. of motion with the prefix nach imply at least trying or wanting to reach what one is after. Nachgehen and nachfahren are exceptions because in certain contexts they may only mean 'to follow', though in others they also imply the wish to overtake. Der Polizist ging/fuhr dem Verdächtigen nach, um festzustellen, wo er hinging.
Or pass. In the pres. and past tenses it is taken to mean 'to CONCERN'. The E. past tense can be translated by treffen, Der Preisrückgang traf die Zuckerindustrie schwer, 'affected it badly', or by the perf. or pass. of betreffen, Die gesamte Landwirtschaft war vom Preisrückgang betroffen. The past part. is applied, like affected, to all those suffering directly or indirectly from the consequences of flood, famine, etc. It often occurs in the form die Betroffenen. Sechs Dörfer wurden von dem Vulkanausbruch hart/schwer getroffen, aber der ganze Landstrich war davon betroffen.
Iv. Doch noch means 'contrary to expectations' or 'although this outcome seemed very unlikely at one stage'. Er hat doch noch reisen können implies that, although he had originally intended to go, something happened which seemed to make this impossible, but that the difficulty was overcome. Similarly Die Mannschaft Z war bei der Halbzeit mit 0:2 im Rückstand, konnte aber aufholen, und hat doch noch gewonnen, won after all. ' Obwohl niemand glaubte, es würde ihnen gelingen, haben sie es doch noch geschafft.
A Practical Dictionary of German Usage by K. B. Beaton