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Does "get to work" (imperative) translate directly, or is there another way of saying this?

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It depends on how your relationship to "somebody" is. –  René Nyffenegger Dec 16 '11 at 7:59
Agree with René Nyffenegger; there are a lot of informal alternatives ;) –  OregonGhost Dec 16 '11 at 10:58

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An informal way to express that an immediate action is asked from an imperative would be adding "auf" or "los":

"Auf, an die Arbeit!" - "Los, ans Werk!"

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You could say "an die Arbeit!". This however does not include any information about who has to get to work: It can mean "get to work" and "let us all get to work".

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