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How would you say something with this construction? “I did X (in order) to Y”. My thought for the sentence in the title was

Jeden Tag trainierte ich ein besserer Läufer zu werden.

Does this resemble how you would say this, or is it way off? Also, is the word order correct?

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    I think it should be ein besserer Läufer – Armen Tsirunyan Nov 16 '15 at 16:33
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    I would say "Jeden Tag trainierte ich, um ein besserer Läufer zu werden." or "Ich trainierte jeden Tag, um ein besserer Läufer zu werden.". ( "um ... zu" = "(in order) to") – Lukas Rotter Nov 16 '15 at 17:46
  • @ArmenTsirunyan You are correct, I edited the question accordingly as that was not its main focus. – Jan Nov 17 '15 at 16:06
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Jeden Tag trainierte ich, um ein besserer Läufer zu sein.

Ich trainierte jeden Tag, um ein besserer Läufer zu sein.

Um … zu means (in order) to.

If you want to say to become a better runner you have to use the futur composed with werden (become), otherwise it is the Präsens sein (to be).

  • The focus is on the first words: Jeden Tag... has the focus on daily, the second one is just standard. – inetphantom Nov 16 '15 at 18:06
  • Werden sounds better. – Martin Peters Nov 26 '15 at 23:26
  • @MartinPeters But it has an other meaning. to be a better runer and to get a better runner is not the same – inetphantom Nov 27 '15 at 11:13

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