What does the expression

"Ich gehe davon aus"


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"von etwas ausgehen" = "etwas voraussetzen"

English translations: "assume", "premise", "presume"

A German example:

Ich gehe davon aus, dass Sie diesen Artikel gelesen haben.

Same meaning:

Ich setze voraus, dass Sie diesen Artikel gelesen haben.

English translation:

I assume/premise that you did read this article.


You could translate it as:

I'm assuming that...

Here is the dict.cc translation page and here the leo.org page of:

davon ausgehen

So it's basically an assumption one thinks is true or it's not really knowing, but you figure.


"Pusten Sie hier nicht so herum", sagte die Kerze zu dem Kellner, "ich gehe davon aus!". "Ich gehe davon aus" erwiderte der kaltherzige Kellner...

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    +1 for answering the question without answering the question yet answering some unasked questions at the same time, answering the real question indirectly. Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 11:20

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