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07:49 Nov 3, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase: ausreichend
this is an examination term, but 'befriedigend' is also on the list. For me they both mean satisfactory. However, there must be a difference!
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Summary of answers provided
napassing
CarDel
naausreichend=sufficient, , befriedigend=satisfactorylindau
naadequateBeth Kantus
nasufficient.
Parrot
naThere appear to be various terms in useDan McCrosky
naMore info
Anthony Frey
naSee below
Anthony Frey


  

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10 mins
See below


Explanation:
This is what I use:
sehr gut - very good
gut - good
befriedigend - fair
ausreichend- satisfactory
mangelhaft - poor
nicht ausreichend - unsatisfactory

Good luck!

Anthony Frey
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33 mins
There appear to be various terms in use


Explanation:
Leipzig is right that "ausreichend" is not as wonderful as "befriedigend"

http://www.vub.ac.be/gst/eurobio/20eb.html

According to the above table there are also seem to be other names in use for both Germany and Austria:

Nicht genügend (5) = nicht ausreichend = Fail
Genügend (4) = ausreichend = Pass (only)
Befriedigend (3) = Satisfactory
Gut (2) = Good
Sehr Gut (1) = Very good
Mit Auszeignung = Excellent

This probably just makes the whole thing more confusing than it already was.

- HTH - Dan


Dan McCrosky
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1 hr
More info


Explanation:
Dan is also right. Nonetheless, you also will find additional "variables" designated as bestanden and nicht bestanden in such transcripts or certificates which would further complicate matters if you use 'pass' for 'ausreichend' and 'fail' for 'mangelhaft' or 'nicht ausreichend'.


Anthony Frey
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CarDel
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1 hr
sufficient.


Explanation:
You're right, befriedigend is satisfactory but ausreichend means the person "reached the required level".

Parrot
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2 hrs
adequate


Explanation:
Agree with the others that satisfactory is better than adequate. According to Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, "sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need; enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient; adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement ..."
"Meets minimum requirement(s)" is not a one-word solution, but you could enclose it in parentheses after adequate if you really want to emphasize the distinction. I have also seen "meets standard" used, but primarily in the context of standardized test results, such as the SAT, for example.
HTH, Beth



Beth Kantus
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4 hrs
passing


Explanation:
this would fit in a test grading situation, where the person just meets the requirements and nothing more, although I agree with Leibzig above.

CarDel
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5 hrs
ausreichend=sufficient, , befriedigend=satisfactory


Explanation:
The German grading system goes from 1 to six: 1=sehr gut (very good),2=gut (good),3=befriedigend (satisfactory),4=ausreichend (sufficient),5=nicht ausreichend (not sufficient),6=mangelhaft (failed)

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