I still love convoluted sentences

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I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Richard Hargreaves » Sun Apr 24, 2011 4:37 am

especially this one

Und wieder wurde gefahren - hinweg unter uns überholenden dunklen Wolken, die - vom Schwarzen Meer kommend und vom Gebirge abgedrängt - nun nordostwärts zogen, uns verfolgend und mit Blitz und Donner in unserer Fahrtrichtung ins Land drängend, symbolträchtige Künder dessen, was vorne vielleicht unser aller, des Freundes wie des Feindes, harrt.

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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by kurt74 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:15 am

And again we had to drive ( meant is here: March), dark clouds above us went by, which were coming from the black Sea, pushed aside by the mountains. now they go north-east,( pursuiting (molesting)) or ( leading our way..) us with thunder and lightning, like a symbol, telling about what will be comming next to both, friend or enemy.

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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Richard Hargreaves » Sat Apr 30, 2011 1:32 pm

Brilliant. Many thanks Kurt. That's another book finished now. :up:
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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Howard » Sun May 01, 2011 3:14 am

Hi guys,

just to be picky,' hinweg unter uns' should be 'down below us' rather than above.

Sorry to be pedantic on a Sunday morning :( I don't really think it chnages anyhting though
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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Richard Hargreaves » Sun May 01, 2011 3:39 am

Ah, so he's saying initially that he was above the clouds? I guess that's possible in the Caucasus given all the mountains.
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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by kurt74 » Sun May 01, 2011 8:57 am

nop, in this case you must read the whole sentence, so he tells that they were under the clouds which were overhauling them: hinweg unter uns überholenden Wolken... away, under clouds which were overhauling us...

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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Hans » Sun May 01, 2011 7:03 pm

Kurt,

However in this case you are right.

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PS However you must learn to spell "ARSE"
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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by kurt74 » Mon May 02, 2011 11:36 am

:oops: shame on me... but what is the different between a Smartass and a Smartarse ? I tried to translate "Klugscheißer" with Leo.org. both is posible isn´t it ? but thats out of topic..

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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Richard Hargreaves » Mon May 02, 2011 11:42 am

Ass is North American. The rest of the English-speaking world says "arse". It's closer to the German too. :D
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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Hans » Mon May 02, 2011 9:47 pm

Hi ja Richard,

I just have trouble with 4 legged "Arses", but none with 4 legged "Asses". But hey I'm not really interested in either. :D

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Re: I still love convoluted sentences

Post by Quax der Bruchpilot » Wed Jun 01, 2011 1:51 pm

You can make an even complicated construct in English:

And again it was driven – away beneath dark clouds overtaking us, which, coming from the black sea and being cut off by the mountains, now were bound north east, following us, using our trajectory, pressing landwards with thunder and lightning, symbolic heralds of what is perhaps awaiting on all of us, friend or foe, in the further.

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