German translation of 'thing'
⇒ a thing of beauty
⇒ she likes sweet things
sie mag Süßes
⇒ what's that thing?
was ist das?
⇒ I don't have a thing to wear
ich habe nichts zum Anziehen
⇒ poor little thing
das arme (kleine) Ding!
⇒ you poor thing!
du Arme! (du Armer!) (m adj)
⇒ lucky thing!
der/die Glückliche/du Glückliche! (der/die Glückliche/du Glücklicher!) (m adj)
- things plural (= equipment, belongings)
⇒ have you got your swimming things?
hast du dein Badezeug or deine Badesachen dabei?
- (non material)
- (= affair, subject)
⇒ the odd thing about it is ...
das Seltsame daran ist, ...
⇒ it's a good thing I came
nur gut, dass ich gekommen bin
⇒ to make a big thing of or about sth
viel Lärm um etw machen
⇒ he's on to or onto a good thing(informal)
er hat da was Gutes aufgetan (inf)
⇒ what a (silly) thing to do
wie kann man nur so was (Dummes) tun!
⇒ there is one/one other thing I want to ask you
eines/und noch etwas möchte ich Sie fragen
⇒ the things you say!
was du so sagst!
⇒ I must be hearing things!
ich glaube, ich höre nicht richtig!
⇒ all the things I meant to say
alles, was ich sagen wollte
⇒ to expect great things of sb/sth
Großes or große Dinge von jdm/etw erwarten
⇒ I must think things over
ich muss mir die Sache or das überlegen
⇒ things are going from bad to worse
es wird immer schlimmer
⇒ as things stand at the moment,
⇒ as things are ...
so wie die Dinge im Moment liegen
⇒ how are things (with you)?
wie gehts (bei) Ihnen?
⇒ things aren't what they used to be
es ist alles nicht mehr so wie früher
⇒ it's been one thing after the other (going wrong)
es kam eins zum anderen
⇒ if it's not one thing it's the other
es ist immer irgendetwas
⇒ (what) with one thing and another I haven't had time to do it yet
ich bin einfach noch nicht dazu gekommen
⇒ it's neither one thing nor the other
es ist weder das eine noch das andere
⇒ one thing led to another
eins führte zum anderen
⇒ for one thing it doesn't make sense
erst einmal ergibt das überhaupt keinen Sinn
⇒ not to understand a thing
(absolut) nichts verstehen
⇒ to tell sb a thing or two
jdm einiges erzählen
⇒ he knows a thing or two about cars
er kennt sich mit Autos aus
⇒ it's just one of those things
so was kommt eben vor (inf)
⇒ that's just the thing for me
das ist genau das Richtige für mich
⇒ that's not the thing to do
so was macht or tut man nicht
⇒ the latest thing in ties
der letzte Schrei in der Krawattenmode
⇒ the thing to do now would be ...
was wir jetzt machen sollten, wäre ...
⇒ I'm not at my best first thing in the morning
so früh am Morgen bin ich nicht gerade in Hochform
⇒ I'll do that first thing in the morning
ich werde das gleich or als Erstes morgen früh tun
⇒ last thing at night
vor dem Schlafengehen
⇒ the thing is to know when ...
man muss wissen, wann ...
⇒ yes, but the thing is ...
ja, aber ...
⇒ the thing is we haven't got enough money
die Sache ist die, wir haben nicht genug Geld
⇒ to do one's own thing(informal)
tun, was man will
⇒ she's got this thing about Sartre(informal)(= can't stand)
sie kann Sartre einfach nicht ausstehen(= is fascinated by),
sie hat einen richtigen Sartrefimmel (inf)
⇒ she's got a thing about spiders(informal)
bei Spinnen dreht sie durch (inf)
⇒ (all) things mechanical
- (= affair, subject)
Example Sentences Including 'thing'
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The only thing holding it back is a shortage of qualified trainers.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The same product can mean very different things to its many buyers.Basic Marketing. Principles and Practice (1986)
Why do one thing if you can do two?21 DOG YEARS (2002)
You think you may be onto a good thing.Principles of Corporate Finance (1991)
It is a terribly bleak chronicle with things will only get better sentiments bolted on.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They say the best things in life are worth waiting for.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
This thing is just out there and out of control.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
We feel no bad thing about ticket prices.The Sun (2012)
What should happen if things go wrong?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Yet that is not the best thing about her.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
The furore is just another thing to add to a dire display on the field.The Sun (2016)
Things like that happen and the only way you can answer is by winning.The Sun (2016)
We are working hard but things are just not going for us.The Sun (2016)
We just need a bit of spark to get things going again.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
You are forced to do it and maybe that was a good thing.The Sun (2016)
You can have too much of a good thing and then feel a bit sick.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You have to put a perspective on things in life.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You think you can get away with things.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Cooking is another thing born of stillness.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Everyone wants things to be cream and white and to be like each other.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Nobody has the right to say these things.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
You have to accept that your most treasured things are just junk to anyone else.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
You trade things for something bigger or better.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The most important thing is that the city is safe and that we do good business.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Things are back to normal for the pandas now.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
We have found that if you carry on talking to people they still want to do things.The Sun (2008)
We have to stop this habit of throwing things away.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
We should all report things like this.The Sun (2012)
What is this thing about being nostalgic?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Why do we feel bad if things are so good?Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Without his money the club would be in a dire situation and things can change very quickly.The Sun (2006)
Workplace skills topped the list of things students most want to acquire.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
That is the beautiful thing we call substitution.Christianity Today (2000)
Trends of 'thing'
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'thing' in Other Languages
British English: thing /θɪŋ/ NOUN
You use thing as a substitute for another word when you are unable to be more precise, or you do not need or want to be more precise.
What's that thing in the middle of the fountain?
- American English: thing
- Arabic: شَئْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: coisa
- Chinese: 东西
- Croatian: stvar
- Czech: věc
- Danish: ting
- Dutch: ding
- European Spanish: cosa
- Finnish: esine
- French: chose
- German: Ding
- Greek: πράγμα
- Italian: cosa
- Japanese: 物
- Korean: 물건
- Norwegian: ting
- Polish: rzecz
- European Portuguese: coisa
- Romanian: lucru
- Russian: вещь
- Spanish: cosa
- Swedish: sak
- Thai: สิ่งของ
- Turkish: şey
- Ukrainian: річ
- Vietnamese: đồ vật
Translation of thing from the Collins English to German Dictionary