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Wir haben Kinder, DAS ZÄHLT BIS ZWEI (Günter Grass


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11:33 May 22, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: Wir haben Kinder, DAS ZÄHLT BIS ZWEI (Günter Grass
Trata-se de um poema de Grass, intitulado "Ehe" e escrito num tom muito prosaico. Gostaria de saber o significado da expressão em maiúsculas. Quanto à grafia de "das", observo que no original é apenas com um "s" mesmo.
Celso Fraga da Fonseca

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naWe have children, now they are of an age when they can count to two.Oliver French
nasee belowBarbara Schmidt-Runkel
naWe have children, THAT COUNTS TO TWObhpirch



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We have children, THAT COUNTS TO TWO

Not knowing what the context is - this would be the literal translation
Can you provide more info?

Local time: 11:40
Native speaker of: German
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12 hrs
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Not knowing Portuguese, I'm guessing that you're confused about the "das" and what it refers to. It refers to the phrase "wir haben Kinder", but without more context I can't tell you what it means for sure. One possibility is: "that applies to two (children)", meaning more than two children are something other than "Kinder" (a litter or a herd, maybe!). It could be a comment on the cliche that the average family consists of parents and two children, and any more than that is somehow socially unacceptable. See if that fits in with the tone of the poem. HTH!

Barbara Schmidt-Runkel
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We have children, now they are of an age when they can count to two.

The word "das" refers to the generic subject children. This is a common German usage. The meaning is: "Our children count to two, and they are of an age where children generally count to two". By knowing that the children count to two we know their age.

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