What's the difference between allerdings and zugeben? Allerdings is a modal particle which means "I have to admit". Can it be replace with zugeben? For example,

  1. Ich muß zugeben, daß du Recht hast.
  2. Du hast allerdings Recht.
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    I think these sentences are similar in meaning, but not really exact enough to compare. The first one is "I must admit, you are right" while the second one is "You are certainly/admittedly right." Allerdings is, yes, a modal particle as well as in interjection; whereas, zugeben is a verb.
    – thekeyofgb
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 10:43
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    "Zugegebenermaßen hast du Recht."
    – Ingo
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 10:50
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    I don't think it makes sense to compare verbs and adverbs. And "allerdings" does not mean what you wrote here. Neither is it a modal particle. It introduces a contradiction and is kind of like "aber" ... and it has other meanings, too.
    – Emanuel
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 12:27

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Zugegeben is something that you can do (a verb):

Ich gebe zu, dass du Recht hast!
(I admit, you are right.)

Allerdings means something like that:

You aren't right very often, but you are right this time!
(Du hast selten Recht, diesmal allerdings schon.)

Here but means allerdings!

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    Zugegeben, die Antwort ist richtig (wenngleich auch nicht ganz vollständig). Allerdings bin ich mir nicht sicher, ob "something like that" eine tolle Erklärung ist.
    – Em1
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 23:50
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    Naja man kann nicht immer 1 zu 1 übersetzen, also "so etwas in der art/wie" !
    – Hans Peter
    Commented Dec 27, 2013 at 23:54

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