In a reading lesson, the teacher may lead students to see beyond the literal meaning of words in a text, using a variety of clues to have students understand what the writer states implicitly.

In this context, I'm having difficulties translating bold typed part in German, could this: "jemanden etwas tun lassen" make any sense if I had used, my attempt was like:

[...]mit einer Vielzahl von Hinweisen lässt er sich Schüler verstehen,was ein Autor implizit betont.

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Your general idea is right but you made a mistake.

[..] lässt er sich Schüler verstehen [..]

is not understandable. The word sich symbolizes that the teacher does this for him- or herself.

For this fragment, you don't need any reflexive component, so

[..] lässt er die Schüler verstehen [..]

would be the correct translation.

You also made another mistake by translating the English definite article the with the indefinite German article ein.


[..] was ein Autor implizit betont.

should be

[..] was der Autor implizit betont.

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    Isn't "implizit betont" a contradiction? Either it is emphasized or implied...
    – Iris
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 15:16
  • @Iris you're right,I haven't thought about that xD
    – Armin
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 15:42
  • @Iris do you mean my translation was wrong, would I had used maybe "erklären" ?
    – Dragut
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 19:53
  • @Bergmann your translation means something along the line implicitly emphasize which is antonymous because if something is emphasized, it is not implicit...
    – Armin
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 19:56
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    @Bergmann I'd translate`` to state `` with nennen, darlegen or bekunden.
    – Armin
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 20:05

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