What is the meaning of the preposition "unter" in the context of this sentence?

  • so "unter" belongs to the verb verstehen, thanks.
    – Millen
    Dec 13 '17 at 8:31
  • @RoyPJ Correct, but I'd like to stress that "unter" does NOT correspond to "by"/"as". Instead: "to understand X by Y" ~> "Y unter X verstehen". So there is no literal translation for this type of "unter" in English.
    – Annatar
    Dec 13 '17 at 8:31
  • but can we omit 'unter" in this sentence? can we say "Megatrends versteht die Forschung ...."?
    – Millen
    Dec 13 '17 at 9:05
  • no ... "unter Megatrends versteht..." => a desription of how "Megatrends" is understood ... VS... "Megatrends versteht" => sounds more like "Megatrends" (now in the position of the one who is understanding something) is understanding "die Forschung", but the sentence now has a gramatical problem since now you'd expect the word "als" followed by how it is understood ... Dec 13 '17 at 9:33

The verb verstehen in combination with the prepositional extension (Präpositionalergänzung) unter means the same as the English mean by.


Ich forsche im Bereich Megatrends.

Was verstehen Sie unter "Megatrends"?

I am researching mega trends.

What do you mean by "mega trends"?


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