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German to English translations [PRO] General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
German term or phrase:drei mal anders
Sorry this is apparently an expression for which I cannot invent a context and the context it is in would identify the document I am translating. Can anyone help despite this. Thanks and Merry Christmas
Thanks a lot for playing my translators version of blind man's bluff. I valued your precious help and the discussion that ensued was a joy. One person hit the nail on the head but I just needed pushing in the right direction. 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
NO context at all can be given and the term is an expression that can be translated umpteen different ways, depending on the (invisible) context, there isn't much point in posting on a www site. I suggest asking a colleague privately so the secret context can be revealed in all safety, since without context it's anyone's guess
If this were from a menu (say a fish dish) and the fish were named (say a Bodenseefelchen) and the troublesome phrase came immediately afterwards in double quotes, then it could mean cooked or served in three different ways. But without further context, it is indeed difficult to help you out on this one.
You are right, it might indeed have to do with "three"; on the other hand I have head "dreimal" used just as a reinforcer, rather like "doppelt und dreifach", without a real numerical context. Pity our Asker is having to be so secretive.
"three different versions of something" is my first guess, "different from others in three ways" my second one, "different on three occasions" the third.
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in three different ways
Explanation: just in case we are really talking drei mal as meaning three times, there is really only one way to do it.
So take your pick!
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Thanks a lot for playing my translators version of blind man's bluff. I valued your precious help and the discussion that ensued was a joy. One person hit the nail on the head but I just needed pushing in the right direction.
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