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Normalerweise geht es in Hannover recht gelassen zu.

Is recht gelassen zu a fixed expression, meaning ‘very relaxing’?

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zu is the prefix of the separable verb zugehen, and is therefore placed at the end of the sentence. Recht gelassen means ‘quite relaxing’. The whole sentence translates as

In Hannover things are normally quite relaxing.

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    The adverb recht doesn’t mean ‘very’, though; it’s rather something like ‘quite’. (Cc @dulcecream) – chirlu Apr 23 '16 at 7:35
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    @chirlu Just edited. – boaten Apr 23 '16 at 15:05
  • I would argue that relaxed is more appropriate in this case as es geht gelassen zu indicates a state of the place not an effect on whoever is there. – Tarok Apr 25 '16 at 10:16

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