In playing a card game, I’d like to say that taking a certain card results in negative points. Is it correct to say ‘diese Karte ergibt Minuspunkte?’


As a board gamer, the wordings

Diese Karte bringt Minuspunkte
Diese Karte bringt einem Minuspunkte ein

sound most natural to me

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  • Einbringen sounds a little outdated to me. – infinitezero Jul 12 '19 at 7:48
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    It might be a little outdated for general use, but in gaming context it is quite normal. – Volker Landgraf Jul 12 '19 at 7:51

The word "ergeben" can refer to the result of a calculation, but the card is just one component of the calculation, together with the points before. I think it is understandable, but it sounds a little strange.

To what game are you referring?

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  • Thank you! I understand your point - that really helps me to appreciate the situation where one might use ergeben. The game I was thinking about is a card game called Sticheln. – Wortspiel Jul 12 '19 at 11:21

It sounds clumsy. There are better ways to phrase what you want:

Bei dieser Karte erhält man Minuspunkte / einen Minuspunkt.

this could also be written in an instructions manual

Diese Karte gibt einem Minuspunkte / einen Minuspunkt.
Von dieser Karte bekommt man Minuspunkte / einen Minuspunkt.
Bei dieser Karte kriegt man Minuspunkte / einen Minuspunkt.

These sound a little colloquial, use them when talking with your friends, not necessarily in your game instructions, although it wouldn't be terribly bad.

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  • Is there any special meaning intended with the italics? – guidot Jul 12 '19 at 8:20
  • Thank you! I like you first suggestion a lot. – Wortspiel Jul 12 '19 at 11:23

Without more context (is it a game with tricks, a card trading game, ...) it is difficult, to come up with a specific proposal. A quite generic one is:

Für diese Karte bekommt man (x) Punkte abgezogen.

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