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It is a play on words. Zurück in die Zukunft is the German title of a popular movie series (Back to the future). I guess they replaced f with s to mix in the word Kunst (art). What this might mean is left to the reader’s interpretation … Edit: Thinking about it, I wonder whether it is intentional or purely coincidental that in old blackletter fonts the s ...


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In that conversation, I think there is a more detailed meaning than it does not work: Gehen wir Samstag aus? Am Samstag geht es nicht. It could mean Going out at Saturday is not possible; but likely it can also mean I would prefer not to go out at Saturday, maybe involving intonation inviting to negotiate.


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Literally "geht es nicht" in English would be "goes is not". Idiomatically in English the German expression would be "is a no go" (or just "is no-go"). The sense in either language is rejection made more active by phrasing it in terms of going.


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The Phrase es/etwas geht (nicht) has the same meaning as es/etwas funktioniert (nicht) So, »es/etwas geht <-> es/etwas geht nicht« just means It/something works <-> it/something doesn't work It's just a phrase. There are lots of phrases in English Language that also doesn't make much sense when you try to translate them ...


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This is somewhat more related to Deutsche Post than to the German language. Most post offices are franchising partners (i.e. not working directly for Deutsche Post) and often saying things like Wir tragen keine Schuld, die Post hat den Fehler begangen. While this is unwanted by the Post, the franchising partners are differentiating themselves from the ...


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It wasn't wrong to use "Sie" in this situation, but to understand it the way you meant it, it would have required the clerk to see himself as a representative of the company he is working for, instead of being addressed personally (which is the "normal" function of a "verb + Sie" constructionin a direct talk). Maybe this was too demanding for him (wouldn't ...


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Your assessments are correct so far. Modern-day German would unambiguously understand ihr seid as a plural form, with Sie sind being a formal one and du bist being informal. Usually in games I would expect the du form, unless we're talking economy sims where the employees address their boss (you, the player) with Sie. So in a Toad would tell you (being ...



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