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Voraussetzung ist, dass eine feste Beziehung zwischen X und Y angenommen werden kann

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16:56 Mar 19, 2007
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering - Computers: Software
German term or phrase: Voraussetzung ist, dass eine feste Beziehung zwischen X und Y angenommen werden kann
CONTEXT: Voraussetzung für die Verwendung dieser Methode ist also, dass eine feste Beziehung zwischen dem Fortschritt des Objekts und dem im Objekt hinterlegten Bezugsobjekt angenommen werden kann (z.B. Qualitätsprüfung und Fertigung).
I'm confused about the use of 'angenommen werden kann' in this sentence because the first part of the sentence is referring to a prerequisite, or requirement, so I would have expected the sentence to end with something like 'angenommen wird'. Then the sentence would mean that, to use this method, you must therefore assume that there a fixed relationship between the progress of the object and the reference object stored in the object, etc. etc. The 'kann' here seems to be the confusing bit (I think?!).
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English translation:(you understand it correctly)
Explanation:
You could argue that there is a little sloppiness here, but it's not really over the line. It's kind of a hybrid of 2 sentences that "crashed".

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-03-19 17:56:47 GMT)
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You see stuff like this in English all the time. Here's one that keeps the "kann", albeit a little awkwardly.

"it is a precondition..... that a fixed relationship..... must be assumABLE"

John Ruskin it ain't, but it flies.
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Jim Tucker
United States
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Many thanks for you help. Will take on your suggestion. Danke nochmals!
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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +3
...angenommen werden kann...
(you understand it correctly)


Explanation:
You could argue that there is a little sloppiness here, but it's not really over the line. It's kind of a hybrid of 2 sentences that "crashed".

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Note added at 1 hr (2007-03-19 17:56:47 GMT)
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You see stuff like this in English all the time. Here's one that keeps the "kann", albeit a little awkwardly.

"it is a precondition..... that a fixed relationship..... must be assumABLE"

John Ruskin it ain't, but it flies.

Jim Tucker
United States
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Many thanks for you help. Will take on your suggestion. Danke nochmals!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Hi Jim (and Rolf and Manuela), Thanks for your help but I'm still confused. If I use 'can' here, the 'obligatory' sense of 'must' is omitted. But if I ignore 'kann', the sentence isn't correct. The sentence would read something like "To use this method, a fixed relationship can therefore be assumed between the progress of the object and the reference object stored in the object." which I don't think is correct.


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Rolf Klischewski, M.A.: The sentence is grammatically correct and sounds right to me as a native speaker.
2 mins

agree  Manuela Junghans
4 mins

agree  Marcus Malabad: yes, what's wrong with the translation: "The requirement is that the relationship between X and Y *can* be accepted (or is acceptable)"?
1 hr
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Mar 19, 2007 - Changes made by Marcus Malabad:
Term asked...angenommen werden kann... » Voraussetzung ist, dass eine feste Beziehung zwischen X und Y angenommen werden kann


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