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There was not even one person

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by libuz, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. libuz New Member

    Nepali & English
    There was not even one person --

    how to put emphasis on even?
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2013
  2. Hutschi

    Hutschi Senior Member

    Dresden, Universum
    German, Germany
    Hi, and welcome to the forum.
    There are different methods, and it may depend on context.

    One form is
    "Es gab nicht eine einzige Person ..."
    Another is to stress "eine"
    "Es gab nicht eine Person ..."

    "not even" can also be "nicht einmal/nicht mal"
    "Es gab nicht einmal eine einzige Person ...

    But could you, please, give some context?

    Bets regards
    Hutschi
     
  3. libuz New Member

    Nepali & English
    Thanks for quick reply.
    Here is the full sentence with the content:
    I went to the bank but there was not even one person who could speak English.
     
  4. Hutschi

    Hutschi Senior Member

    Dresden, Universum
    German, Germany
    In this case, I would say:

    Ich ging zur Bank, aber da gab es nicht mal irgendjemanden, der Englisch sprechen konnte.

    But you can say more formal:
    ..., aber da gab es nicht einmal eine einzige Person, die Englisch sprechen konnte.

    A little bit more informal:
    ..., aber da war nicht mal jemand zu finden, der Englisch sprechen konnte. (This expresses also disappointment)

    "Mal" and "einmal" have the same meaning in this context, "einmal" is a little bit more formal.
     

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