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00:22 Aug 8, 2001
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: lieber
in the sense of
Im .............. lieber

Summary of answers provided
na +1rather/ I('d) preferJudith Schmid
narather / better / dearxxxSprachprof



3 mins peer agreement (net): +1
rather/ I('d) prefer

I'm afraid you're not giving enough context.
"Lieber" used with a verb can mean sth. like. "I would rather do xyz" or "I'd prefer xyz" or " I prefer doing x to doing y".

Judith Schmid
Local time: 00:27
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 238

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agree  Evelyn Frank
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1 hr
rather / better / dear

-when in a sentence like "...gehe lieber jetzt", it should be translated as "rather" or "better" ("rather/better go now")
-when combined with a form of "mögen", it means "prefer"
-when in front of a name or a title, especially in letters, it means "dear"(e. g. "...,lieber Freund," = "..., dear friend,".

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