this is my first post, and I'm looking forward to hearing your advice and insights!

So my question is how would I ask "When will it be done" in the context of perhaps something being cooked or a task that is nearing completion?

My go at it is "Wann wird es getan sein?" Would this make sense to a German speaker or is there a better translation or word for "done"?

  • Translation of individual texts is typically considered off-topic here.
    – guidot
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 10:38
  • Oh ok, thanks. Is there a tag category that deals with individual text translations?
    – Soung Paek
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 10:53
  • No, off-topic means you are not supposed to ask and the question may be closed fast. Hint: Try deepl and possibly other translators and start here if you can't undertsand the results.
    – guidot
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:14
  • Such questions can be on topic for single word requests and when you do some research, i.e., your question is not so much about the actual translation but the reasoning / background / idioms about it.
    – Robert
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 14:41

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For When will it be done? use in context of a task

Wann wird es fertig sein?

or in context of a event use

Wann ist es soweit?

  • When would getan be correct? Dosen't it mean "done" as well? Also, "soweit", in a dictionary translates as 'insofar' or 'on the whole'. How would this make sense in the context of an event use? Is it simply colloquial?
    – Soung Paek
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 10:46
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    @SoungPaek Using "getan" gives the sentence another meaning. "Wann wird es getan sein?" is normally not used, but "Es ist getan." for "It is done." is used to show that a really big, exhausting task is finally over, e.g. a murder, summoning the evil overlord,... Oftentimes, the sentence "Es ist getan." is followed by the speaker fainting from exhaustion; so in short: not to be used in everyday language. :)
    – Dirk
    Commented Jul 27, 2018 at 11:00
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    Another commonly used word for "done" in the context of some task is "erledigt": "Wann ist die Arbeit erledigt?"
    – RHa
    Commented Jul 28, 2018 at 7:20

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