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16.07.2012 11:20:47

i was about to say that

 
by DaveP
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posts: 135
Joined: 05.10.2011 16:17:59
Hi,

How should I translate "I was (just) about to say that“?

Thanks in advance,

Dave
 
16.07.2012 20:05:04

Re: i was about to say that

 
by lazlo
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posts: 64
Joined: 09.01.2012 11:18:55
Hallo Dave,
I would translate it as '' Ich wollte das gerade sagen.'' or for more emphasis Das wollte ich gerade sagen

Enjoy
Lazaros

Severus
 
16.07.2012 22:06:06

Re: i was about to say that

 
by fredbär
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posts: 361
Joined: 02.10.2011 09:59:52
Hallo Dave,

I was about to suggest something like ‘Ich war im Begriff, das zu sagen‘ but I think lazlo’s answer is better.

Regards,

fredbär

How charmed I am when I overhear a German word which I understand! - Mark Twain
 
17.07.2012 11:08:02

Re: i was about to say that

 
by DaveP
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posts: 135
Joined: 05.10.2011 16:17:59
Thanks guys.

I’m a bit embarrassed that it was so straightforward :oops: – I had convinced myself that I needed a really difficult tense construction – future in the past or some such nonsense.

Dave
 
19.08.2012 17:39:39

Re: i was about to say that

 
by [PONS] Linguistin
Posts: 273
Joined: 09.03.2010 21:59:03
Hallo,

nur als kurze Ergänzung: Im gesprochenen Deutsch wird daraus - zumindest da wo ich herkomme - immer einfach ein "Wollt' ich grad' sagen!"
 
21.08.2012 15:29:20

Re: i was about to say that

 
by DaveP
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posts: 135
Joined: 05.10.2011 16:17:59
Thanks all – it’s really nice to hear what 'real‘ Germans actually say (rather than just what textooks say they should say ;)

Dave
 
 

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