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How to say "please do not slam the door" in German?

I tried to translate it like this: "Bitte knall die Tür nicht zu", but there must be another way because I googled it with no result.

  • google.de/… – Emanuel Mar 2 '13 at 20:39
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    You should provide the context for this sentence. The two current answers are both correct but j0chn's is better if you talk to someone and knut's is better for a sign to be put on a door. – musiKk Mar 2 '13 at 20:57
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That’s what I would say to my kids if they go mental:

Knall die Türe doch bitte nicht so zu!

If there is some adult running around slamming doors, I would try first to be a bit more polite:

Kannst du die Türe auch leise zumachen? Danke!

Which indicates to him I am a bit pissed off about his habit how he is dealing with doors.

Or even more formal if we on 'Sie' level:

Bitte machen Sie die Türe doch bitte das nächste Mal ein bisschen leiser zu.

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Your translation is pretty good. another example is "Bitte schlag die Tür nicht zu".
Another translation but just in context not in words: "Mach die Tür leise zu."

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You could say it with the opposite:

Bitte die Türe leise schließen.

or shorter:

Bitte Tür leise schließen.

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    While this is essentially a different sentence this is what is the "common" form to say this in german. This way is more polity than the asked phrase. – Martin Thurau Mar 3 '13 at 11:56
  • This "verbale Wortkette" is especially common when written on a sign. – Matthias Meid Mar 4 '13 at 21:18

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