make compulsory

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by angelofmusic101, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. angelofmusic101 Member

    england, english
    Hello,
    How would you say "to make something compulsory"? I want to say "etwas obligatorisch zu machen" but have a feeling you can't use "machen" in this sense...

    Vielen Dank

    Laura x
     
  2. Quelle

    Quelle Senior Member

    Deutschland Deutsch
    Can you give context?
    etwas verpflichtend (obligatorisch) machen
    But I think depending on context there would be a more idiomatic paraphrase.
     
  3. angelofmusic101 Member

    england, english
    yes sorry, I want to say "before it was made compulsory for all boys to become members of the HJ.." something like: "bevor es obligatorisch gemacht wurden, fuer die alle Junge Mitglieder von der HJ.."
     
  4. Quelle

    Quelle Senior Member

    Deutschland Deutsch
    Then I would say:
    Bevor es für alle Jungen verpflichtend war, Mitglied bei der HJ zu werden,...
    Bevor die Mitgliedschaft bei der HJ verpflichtend war ...
    Bevor alle Jungen Zwangsmitglieder der HJ werden mussten ...
     
  5. angelofmusic101 Member

    england, english
    thank you so much!! I think I'll use the first one..so is there a difference between verpflichtend and obligatorisch or is is just down to preference?
     
  6. Quelle

    Quelle Senior Member

    Deutschland Deutsch

    No, there is no difference, "verpflichtend" is a German word and "obligatorisch" a word of Latin origin.
     

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