Question about poetic sensibilities in “wann” vs “wenn”

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I am trying to say, poetically, that this woman loves singing so much it’s what keeps her living.

Would I say that as “Beim singen, lebt sie.” ? Or “Als sie singt, lebt sie.” Or another way entirely?

  • You can say: Beim Singen, lebt sie or Wenn sie singt, lebt sie. You can't say Als sie singt. That's not German. An entirely other way is not necessary. Sep 1, 2021 at 20:58

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I'm assuming you are not writing a poem. If you did, the rhyme would be very important and you don't provide it in your question.

"Der Gesang ist ihr Lebenselixier." (Singing is her elixir of life.) is a rather common and poetic phrase in German.

  • "Singen ist ihr Leben" would be the normal phrase but this answer gives a really good poetic one.
    – äüö
    Sep 6, 2021 at 8:01

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