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German word of the day: Da

Rebecca Spiess
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German word of the day: Da
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One of the tiniest German words, 'da' seems simple but has many meanings.


A two-letter word that somehow means here, there and seemingly any location in time and space, Da is a little word with a big meaning.

"Since" and "because" can also be synonyms for the all-powerful Da


We'll start with physical locations. First, Da can simply mean "here." 

"Ich bin da." 

"I am here." 

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A second meaning: there. 

"Ich bin hier, und er ist da."

"I am here, and he is there." 

'At this moment'

Okay, cool. Not too bad. Let's move on to something more complicated. 

Another meaning: At this moment. 

"Von da an, wusste ich, dass es eine Katastrophe wird."

"From that moment on, I knew it would be a disaster."  

New circumstances

Da can also mean "under these circumstances." 

"Wenn Sie mich bitten zu gehen, da bin ich schon weg." 

"If you ask me to leave, I'm as good as gone." 


Da can also mean "because." Not that in this context it acts as a subordinating conjunction like 'weil' (also because) and 'ob' (whether), meaning that it shifts the verb order in the clause in which it's used.

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"Da er seine Stöcke vergessen hat, konnte er nicht Skifahren." 

"Because he forgot his poles, he couldn't go skiing." 

Sentence opener

Finally, Da can also simply be the opening for a sentence. 


"Da sieht man eine Frau auf der U-Bahn."
"There you can see a woman on the subway." 
Oof. There it is. An overview of a small word with large uses.  


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