I found this sentence on Duolingo, the English and German are as follows:

"Which name does it bear?" "Welchen Namen trägt es?"

Is it still used and if yes, in what context? I believe this is supposed to mean "What is its name" or "What is it called".

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Yes, „den Namen ... tragen“ is still used (not that commonly, however). I suppose one would say „Wie heißt es?“ in the most cases.

  • @infinitezero Done! :)
    – pbaer
    May 1, 2021 at 12:33

Your question is about the use of "einen / den Namen tragen". It depends on the context. As a question it is probably outdated and one would use

Wie heißt es?

Welchen Namen hat es?

However, it is still used in a formal context like

Die Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien hat deshalb bereits im Jahr 2002 gemeinsam mit zahlreichen namhaften Institutionen die Initiative ergriffen, ein internationales Shoah-Forschungszentrum in Wien zu errichten, das den Namen Simon Wiesenthals tragen soll. [... ]
Daher habe ich auch zugestimmt, dass das Forschungszentrum meinen Namen tragen soll.

Graz: Arnie gibt Ehrenring zurück (st) - Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gouverneur von Kalifornien und Namensgeber für das Grazer Fußball-Stadion, ist jetzt zum Angriff übergegangen. Schwarzenegger hat erklärt, dass das Stadion nicht weiter seinen Namen tragen soll. 2

  • @infinitezero Done ...
    – Paul Frost
    May 1, 2021 at 11:08

Yes, it's still used in the context you mentioned.

  • Is it too formal or used casually?
    – Feiznia
    Apr 30, 2021 at 19:25
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    Suppose your name is Churchill, in this case you still would say: "Ich trage den Namen Churchill.", because it's not only a name you have, but in some sense maybe also a burden to carry. Apr 30, 2021 at 20:27
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    Currently this question has three answers but no upvotes. If you think it is worth your time answering it, please consider upvotes as well. May 1, 2021 at 11:03
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    @Feiznia Its not really formal formal, but it certainly isn't slang. It is Hochdeutsch and it is used commonly in some circles and it will not make you look strange or bad or even nerdy. Just somewhat "gebildet"
    – user48613
    May 14, 2021 at 20:35

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