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Better and better

In last week's newsletter, we looked at the various ways of expressing the adverb "even" in German. We shouldn't forget that adverbs not only describe verbs, but adjectives as well. In this case, "even" is expressed with "noch":

 

Und mit ein bisschen Unterstützung der Teamkollegen klappt's vielleicht noch besser.

And with a little support from the team members it might work out even better.

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In English we say something is "even better" or that it is getting "better and better." The latter exists in German as well and is often constructed with the verb werden, the word immer, and a comparative adjective. 

 

Man wird ja immer besser durch die Übung.

One does get even [always] better through practice.

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As you can see, this construction can be used with most adjectives: 

 

Sie wird im Spiegel immer kleiner

It gets smaller and smaller in the mirror

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Und deshalb wird es auch immer wichtiger werden, dieses auch in Zukunft, äh, zu verstärken.

And therefore it is going to become more and more important to, uh, also emphasize this in the future.

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Sie ist, äh, durch die Erweiterung des Flughafens natürlich immer komplexer geworden...

It has, uh, through the expansion of the airport, become more and more complex, of course...

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However, make sure to take context of the sentence and the presence or absence of werden into account. The sentence below shows that immer can be combined with an adjective and still just mean "always."

 

Wenn man gemeinsam reist, ist es immer besser.

It's always better if you travel together.

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Further Learning
Based on the tips above, how would you translate the phrase immer wieder? Do a search on Yabla German!

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