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Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by quesuerte, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. quesuerte

    quesuerte Senior Member

    Oxford English UK
    Hello all!

    I'm a bit confused as how to say "to guess" in German. The dictionary gives many words and puts next to them either "estimate" or "surmise", but that really hasn't helped! :confused:

    It gives:

    Raten
    Vermuten
    Schätzen

    What is the difference in usage between these words? To which type of scenario would they apply?

    Many thanks! :)
     
  2. Robocop Senior Member

    Central Switzerland
    (Swiss) German
    Some examples:
    - You haven't applied yet for the job I guess = Ich vermute mal, dass du ...
    - You guessed right = Du hast richtig geraten/vermutet/geschätzt (the German verb is chosen according to the topic. For example "raten, vermuten" for facts, "schätzen" for figures/numbers)
    - You'll never guess what he told me = Du wirst nie erraten, was er mir erzählt hat.
     

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