obwohl Sie niemanden sehen können

English translation: although you can't see anyone

01:56 Oct 20, 2011
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
Medical - Psychology
German term or phrase: obwohl Sie niemanden sehen können
Sie haben gesagt, dass Sie schon einmal den Eindruck hatten, dass eine Person oder Macht in Ihrem Umfeld ist, obwohl Sie niemanden sehen können.

Is this "although nobody can see them" or "although you cannot see anybody?" Seems like the capitalization is the key.
David Rumsey
Canada
Local time: 02:35
English translation:although you can't see anyone
Explanation:
Capitalization is the key here, although You (Sie) = subject niemanden (accusative = direct object) so subject is without any doubt You and niemandEN ....

Since German is an inflected language, you ve got your answer ;-)
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Jeff Steffin
Local time: 03:35
Grading comment
Thanks much. It seems obvious on second glance!
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although you can't see anyone


Explanation:
Capitalization is the key here, although You (Sie) = subject niemanden (accusative = direct object) so subject is without any doubt You and niemandEN ....

Since German is an inflected language, you ve got your answer ;-)

Jeff Steffin
Local time: 03:35
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 6
Grading comment
Thanks much. It seems obvious on second glance!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  David Hollywood: absolutely ... the capitalized "Sie" means "you" ... "Sie" = "you (formal) and "sie" = "she" or "they" depending
22 mins

agree  Ingeborg Gowans (X)
45 mins

agree  Horst Huber (X): Not only; and apologies! For a moment I thought it was the position. Niemand is simply in the singular. The alternative would be "obwohl niemand Sie/sie sehen kann", or, "Sie/sie niemand sehen kann".
1 hr

agree  ValtBt
2 hrs

agree  Holger Nahm
3 hrs

agree  franglish
4 hrs

agree  Wendy Lewin: although I prefer "even though you can't...."
6 hrs
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