I had an appointment, and the other party never showed up. I wanted to send a polite text to say something like, "I assume something came up. Let me know when you have time to talk later." Despite long searching through Leo, Linguee, and Duden, I could not find any recommendations for either a near-literal translation OR a sufficient equivalent for the situation. Does anyone have advice on a phrase that could work here for "something came up"?

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    I entered "came up" in the dictionary: dict.cc/?s=came+up
    – Gigili
    Jul 8, 2021 at 14:07
  • Ah ok! Well that's a dictionary I've never heard of before, but it seems to be quite helpful with phrasal stuff! Thank you! :) Jul 9, 2021 at 16:52

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Ich nehme an, dir/Ihnen ist etwas dazwischengekommen

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    A brief explanation wouldn't hurt.
    – Gigili
    Jul 6, 2021 at 14:36
  • @Gigili Other than a bit of verbal decoration, I can't really explain a lot, I'm afraid. What we have here is a straightforward translation of an English expression to a German one.
    – tofro
    Jul 7, 2021 at 9:17
  • Right, you could for example add the translation of important words, such as annehmen and dazwischengekommen or link to their definition in the dictionary. Please note that German.SE does not provide translation/proofread.
    – Gigili
    Jul 8, 2021 at 14:02

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