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08:19 Jan 25, 2002
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Can I just say?
Just a question
Lindsay
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Summary of answers provided
5 +1Darf ich etwas einfügen? / Darf ich dazu etwas sagen?
Alexander Schleber
4 +1Kann ich das einfach so sagen?
Steffen Syhré - German Translator, Copywriter, Editor
4 +1Darf ich mal kurz etwas sagen?
schmurr
4Soll ich dir mal was sagen?Ingrid Grzeszik
2 -3Kann ich einfach sagen?
Henning Bochert


  

Answers


5 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Kann ich das einfach so sagen?


Explanation:
That´s it

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Note added at 2002-01-25 08:27:06 (GMT)
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Another context would be \"Can I just say no to their offer?\" - Kann ich ihr Angebot einfach so ausschlagen?\", etc.

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Note added at 2002-01-25 08:38:02 (GMT)
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Another context would be \"Can I just say no to their offer?\" - Kann ich ihr Angebot einfach so ausschlagen?\", etc.

Steffen Syhré - German Translator, Copywriter, Editor
Germany
Local time: 18:04
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 347

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Elvira Stoianov
1 hr

disagree  John Kinory: That's not what the English says: 'just' = 'nur', not 'einfach' here.
4 hrs

agree  JózsefÁrpád Bende
7 days
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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5 peer agreement (net): -3
Kann ich einfach sagen?


Explanation:
It's a little difficult without context, for in English and therefore in German as well, the sentence is grammatically incomplete. But this is the literal translation.

Henning

Henning Bochert
Germany
Local time: 18:04
Native speaker of: German
PRO pts in pair: 38

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
disagree  schmurr: not so idiomatic
2 mins

disagree  Alexander Schleber: It is not a sentence, nor was the English phrase for that matter.
8 mins

disagree  John Kinory: See above
4 hrs
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9 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Darf ich mal kurz etwas sagen?


Explanation:
if the context is "to get a word in edgeways"

schmurr
Local time: 18:04
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 65

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  John Kinory: That's the one.
4 hrs
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19 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Darf ich etwas einfügen? / Darf ich dazu etwas sagen?


Explanation:
"Can I just say?" is not a complete sentence. Similar sentences would be:

May I add something? (Darf ich etwas hinzufügen?)
May I say something? (Darf ich etwas sagen?)
May I say something to that? (Darf ich dazu etwas sagen?)

Actually, "can" is also grammatically incorrect. You always can, but whether you may or may not, that is the question.

HTH

Alexander Schleber
Belgium
Local time: 18:04
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1466

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  JózsefÁrpád Bende
7 days
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1 hr   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
Soll ich dir mal was sagen?


Explanation:
Or: Weißt du eigentlich, dass . . .

Ingrid Grzeszik
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 114
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