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I recently wanted to see if the owner of a domain name was possibly interested in selling it to me. I don't speak German, so I had to use Google Translate to compose the email. She responded in German, and Google Translate provided a good-enough translation to know that she's not interested. However the translation they provided looks weird. Can someone clarify what her first sentence means?

German:

die Domain gebe ich mit Sicherheit nicht her ... von daher keinerlei Interesse.

Here's what Google Translate provides:

I give the domain certainly not her ... therefore of no interest.

Can someone give a better translation of at least the first half?

And I am confused about the use of "her" in "hergeben" and "von daher" in the reply.

  • @splattne: I "broadened" the question by asking about the use of hergeben and daher in the reply, and was wondering if the question could be reopened as being no longer "too localized." A reply to the last sentence would certainly help me, and probably quite a few "future visitors." – Tom Au Jul 3 '14 at 0:24
  • @TomAu I've reopened the question. – splattne Jul 3 '14 at 6:28
  • I find the edit questionable. If the OP would have known hergeben then they might not have asked. – Carsten S May 10 '17 at 16:40
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"I will definitely not give away the domain, therefore I am not interested."

EDIT: "her geben" ("ich gebe die domain her") does not necessarily imply the involvement of money transfer or any other form of payment, but in this context it does.

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"Die Domain gebe ich mit Sicherheit nicht her" can be recast as,

Ich wird mit Sicherheit nich die Domain hergeben." I will definitely not give the domain away. [literally "from here"]

"Von daher keinerlei Interesse." Based on this [here], there is no interest.

The confusion appears to arise from the fact that "her" is used twice, both in a German context. It would not be used in English, which is why I put the (literal) translations of "here" in brackets.

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