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Deshalb, was wollen sie machen?

English translation: So, what do you want to do?

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German term or phrase:Deshalb, was wollen sie machen?
English translation:So, what do you want to do?
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20:41 Apr 17, 2001
German to English translations [Non-PRO]
German term or phrase: Deshalb, was wollen sie machen?
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kyle
So, what do you want to do?
Explanation:
I would translate it that way.
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xxxGAK
Local time: 18:03
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Summary of answers provided
na +1So, what do you want to do?xxxGAK
naWhat do you want to do about it, then?
Astrid Elke Witte
naThat's why/That is what I mean, what do you want to do (about it).
ChristinaT
naTherefore / So, what do you/they want to do?Sibyl Marquardt
naWhat do you want to do about it?Robin Salmon


  

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2 hrs
What do you want to do about it?


Explanation:
I think this is what the person means.


    Own Knowledge
Robin Salmon
Australia
Local time: 03:03
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 293

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Astrid Elke Witte
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16 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
So, what do you want to do?


Explanation:
I would translate it that way.


    Own knowledge
xxxGAK
Local time: 18:03
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman
PRO pts in pair: 102
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Astrid Elke Witte

agree  Yelena.
595 days
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1 day 5 hrs
Therefore / So, what do you/they want to do?


Explanation:
I'm not sure about you or they, because there may be a spelling mistake:

"Sie" with capital letter means a formal you

"sie" means they

On the whole, the sentence sound like it was almost literally translated into German and now you're taking it back into English - it doesn't really sound like a German sentence to me (native speaker).

The "So, /Deshalb," at the beginning is not to typical. I'd expect a sentence like "Also, was wollen" or something like "Was wollen Sie also/deshalb machen?" - with the "deshalb" somewhere in the middle of the sentence, not the beginning.

HTH,
Sibyl

Sibyl Marquardt
Italy
Local time: 18:03
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 24

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Astrid Elke Witte
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2 days 2 hrs
That's why/That is what I mean, what do you want to do (about it).


Explanation:
I live in Germany, and when "deshalb" is used at the beginning of a sentence,it is usually referring to something that was mentioned earlier. In this case I would use "That's why.."

Good luck! : )


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ChristinaT
Local time: 18:03
Native speaker of: Native in GermanGerman, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4

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Astrid Elke Witte
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3 days 10 hrs
What do you want to do about it, then?


Explanation:
This is what it sounds like to me. However, in that case, as someone else has already pointed out, the "Sie" should be written with a capital letter.

Astrid Elke Witte
Germany
Local time: 18:03
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 578
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