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Pia hat heute früher aus

What does this sentence mean? I’m learning German and translation softwares couldn’t give me meaningful results.

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    Are there any parts that you can already identify? Are there any specific words that are causing you trouble? We are not a translation service for entire sentences. – Jan Jan 14 '17 at 19:18
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E.g. if you are at work or at school you could say:

Ich habe heute früher aus.

This means your working hours/school day/classes end earlier as usual/ as expected/ compared to X.

So in your example:

"Pia's (school day) is over earlier today"

Without a comparison it is a short form. Often used in context of school or work, to indicate a deviation from the expected working hours or length of the school day.
But you can extend this to use it as an comparison e.g.:

Pia hat heute früher aus, als ihr Bruder / als normalerweise.

  • +1 but it doesn't have to mean that it ends earlier than usual, it could also mean earlier than yesterday, earlier than her brother, and so on. – Deve Jan 14 '17 at 16:42
  • Thanks, yes you are right. I added "as expected" and some additional information. – Artery Jan 14 '17 at 16:49
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The sentence consists of four components:

Pia

a girls name, subject of the sentence,

two adverbs,

früher

'earlier' and

heute

'today', and the verb 'aushaben' in the 3rd person singular:

hat ... aus.


According to the Duden 'aushaben' has four meanings. In this sentence only one makes sense:

Schulschluss haben.


Putting the pieces back together you get:

Pia is out of school earlier today.

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