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    nichts Tüchtiges leisten

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    "Als Beispiel haben wir einen jungen Mann, der eigentlich in der Schule nicht recht mitgekommen ist und auch später nichts Tüchtiges geleistet hat und nun anfängt, sich minderwertig zu fühlen."

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    ... did not achieve anything remarkable?

    Author Ferenczi (237228) 16 Dec 19, 11:00
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    ... who ... in school and underperformed professionaly later on and now he starts to feel ...


    "nichts Tüchtiges" is slightly oldfashioned for "did not achieve professional success" (of any kind).

    This has nothing to do with achieving something remarkable and everything with not achieving anything - which in itself may be remarkable.

    #1Author AGB (236120)  16 Dec 19, 11:31
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    Ich verstehe das "nichts Tüchtiges geleistet" auch so ... er hat "nichts auf die Reihe gekriegt" ... er war nicht arbeitsam ...

    #2Author no me bré (700807) 16 Dec 19, 12:29
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    I agree with #1, this is about not achieving anything at all.

    I would just like to add that "underperform professionally" strikes me as a very 21st-century phrase. In order to stay in keeping with the slightly old-fashioned tone of the original, I would like to suggest, "did not achieve anything of note later on either."

    #3Authorredcranes (766941) 16 Dec 19, 12:30
     
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