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13:51 Nov 1, 2000
English to German translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: he started playing professionally at 19
past tense
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naI am sure you have used one of the answers and thus you should award KudoZ points
Mats Wiman
nas.u.ruebaer
naEr begann mit 19 Jahren professionell zu spielen.lindau
naEr wechselte mit 19 ins ProfilagerSibyl Marquardt
naEr fing mit 19 an, beruflich zu spielen.
Mats Wiman
naEr wurde mit 19 Berufsspieler/Profi.Sabine Cane


  

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13 mins
Er wurde mit 19 Berufsspieler/Profi.


Explanation:
none

Sabine Cane
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5 hrs
Er fing mit 19 an, beruflich zu spielen.


Explanation:
Although previous suggestion is confirmed by my Cassell dictionary I would brefer the above.
To be a 'Berufsspieler, to me indicates that's what you do (only) for a living. 'Beruflich zu spielen' means that you play for money and that it may be your only source of income but it mustn't. As everybody knows there are quite a number of musicians that play professionally but they are also clerks, bus drivers etc.
So the context must decide


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Mats Wiman
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11 hrs
Er wechselte mit 19 ins Profilager


Explanation:
is what is often said about people who start out as amateurs and then play professionally. It depends a little on the context (what sport? is it sports at all?)

I wouldn't use "Berufsspieler" as that for me has a definite ring of professional gambling - unless you're writing about a poker player, this is out.

HTH
Sibyl

Sibyl Marquardt
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3 days 18 hrs
Er begann mit 19 Jahren professionell zu spielen.


Explanation:
that's the exact translation and does not indicate if he started to play for money or just in a more professional environment in case your sourcetext does not clearly state the exact circumstances either. German native

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10 days
I am sure you have used one of the answers and thus you should award KudoZ points


Explanation:
see above

Mats Wiman
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21 days
s.u.


Explanation:
Mit neunzehn wechselte er in die Profi-Liga.
Mit neunzehn wechselte er ins Profilager.

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