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 Post subject: Machen and Tun
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:55 am 
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I know they both mean 'to do' but when do you use one and not the other? What's the difference between them?

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 Post subject: Re: Machen and Tun
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:39 am 
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machen could also mean to make but sometimes when you would say do, in german they say machen... soooo difficult to explain that i guess???

i'll ask a friend of mine: he's a german/english/dutch translater

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 Post subject: Re: Machen and Tun
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:02 pm 
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Tun= to do in the sense of take action. Machen= to do in the sense of make or accomplish something is the easiest way to explaining it I think.... Machen is more common than tun. Machen also seems to generally have a time frame whereas tun doesnt have a timeframe...If your wondering which one to use use machen, its probably 90% of the time used over tun unless tun is specifically used in the sentence Was kann ich für dich tun? as an example..

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 Post subject: Re: Machen and Tun
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:00 pm 
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okay, I asked my translate-friend, this is how he explained to me (in Dutch :lol: )

there is little difference
Machen is more polite, They are 90% interchangeable
But not in:

Damint hab ich nichts zu tun
or: Ich wil damit nicht zu tun haben :)

I don't get it eighter... I think you have to develop some Gefühl

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