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How do I say "I am deep in thought" in German?

  1. Tief in der Erinnerung versunken, dachte ich an meiner Mutter, die im Schaukelstuhl sass.

What's another alternative for this?

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"deep in though" = "tief in Gedanken" or variations over that theme. The sentence you suggested uses "double thoughts" ... like "while you were deep in thought you ALSO thought of your mother." I don't think this is what you're going for so maybe you should give us the original sentence – Emanuel Dec 15 '13 at 22:31
Pierre was so deep in thought that he didnt hear the question* - In this context – DerPolyglott33 Dec 16 '13 at 2:55
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The german 'Duden' suggests following synonymous:


nachdenklich, kontemplativ (pensive)

selbstvergessen (abandoned)

träumerisch, verträumt (dreamy, wistful)

It's just a selection, but I think those words fit best.

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The German idiom would be

in [etwas] versunken

which I'd translate as

lost in [something]

where [etwas] / [something] could be

  • Erinnerungen / memory
  • Gedanken / thought
  • Tagträumen / reverie
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One possibility would be

in Gedanken vertieft

So your sentence in the comment would be:

Pierre war so in seine Gedanken vertieft, dass er die Frage nicht hörte.

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Can't i use ' Pierre war so in seiner Erinnerung versunken, dass er die Frage nicht hörte' ?? – DerPolyglott33 Dec 16 '13 at 7:39
That's possible, too. – germi Dec 16 '13 at 7:43
Cool! Thank you very much! – DerPolyglott33 Dec 16 '13 at 7:45

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