What is the meaning of this sentence:

Samson hielt noch in der Tür stehend inne.

I translated the words and it is:

Samson was holding on the door standing within

which does not have any sense.

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The verb in this sentence is "innehalten" which means to pause. A correct translation is

Samson paused while he was still standing at the door.

By the way, my translation standing at the door is not exactly the same as in der Tür stehend, but that is another question.

The German sentence could be written in the perhaps more transparent form

Samson hielt, noch in der Tür stehend, inne.

  • Why didn't you translate it with "Samsom paused while he was still standing IN the doorway"?
    – Sentry
    Commented Dec 15, 2020 at 15:23

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