A is to B as C is to D

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by maicart, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. maicart

    maicart Senior Member

    Castellón, Spain
    Spanish, Spain

    I can't find any example of German analogy of the type "Meow is to cat as bark is to dog" or "Cat is to mouse as spider is to fly".

    I'd like to know how to express in German the construction "A is to B as C is to D".

  2. perpend

    perpend Senior Member

    American English
    Some gray cells just stirred, but I'm thinking: A zu B ist wie C zu D.
  3. Hutschi

    Hutschi Senior Member

    Dresden, Universum
    German, Germany
    I think it depends on context in German language.
    Usually it is A verhält sich zu B wie C zu D.

    But this does not work good in the first example because of the double meaning of "verhalten" - indicating behaviour or indicating proportion.

    Here I would say
    Das Miauen der Katze ist wie das Bellen beim Hund.

    In a funny text you can use:
    Das Miauen verhält sich zur Katze wie das Bellen zum Hund.
    Die Katze verhält sich zur Maus wie die Spinne zur Fliege.

    In a more serious text it is:
    Das Verhältnis von Katze und Maus entspricht dem von Spinne und Fliege.
  4. ABBA Stanza Senior Member

    Hessen, DE
    English (UK)
    Oder vielleicht auch:

    A ist zu B wie C zu D.


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