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to play at sth. - Interesse für etw. vortäuschen

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Correction

to play at sth.

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etw. nicht ernsthaft betreiben


to play at sth.

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etw. spielen


Examples/ definitions with source references
1 play at something: to do something without being very serious about it

I think she's just playing at running a business.

2 play at something: if children play at something, they pretend to be someone else or to be involved in a particular type of situation

A child playing at shopping, for example, will display early maths skills.

-- http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary...
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Mit "Interesse vortäuschen" ist wohl die erste Bedeutung gemeint, aber auch da passt es in meinen Augen nicht, oder nur in manchen Fällen.

Die zweite (oder eigentlich die "erste") Bedeutung hat LEO gar nicht.

Ich behaupte nicht, dass meine Übersetzungsvorschläge besonders gut sind. Sie mögen als Beispiele dienen.
Authorxebtl (339910) 23 Aug 12, 09:56
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to play at sth.

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etw. vorspielen, vorgeben, etw. (nur) spielen



Context/ examples
play at
1. To participate in; engage in.
2. To do or take part in halfheartedly.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/play
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1. mitspielen, teilnehmen
#1Authorwmw (386353) 23 Aug 12, 15:50
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to play at sth.

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nur halbherzig dabeisein



to play at sth.

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etwas nur halbherzig tun



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Irgendwie in dieser Richtung würde ich die Bedeutung 1 verstehen.

Etwas vorspielen oder vorgeben ist dagegen ein Täuschen. Das kann man auch mit voller Konzentration betreiben oder man muss es sogar, um nicht aufzufallen.
#2AuthorHarri Beau (812872) 23 Aug 12, 16:50
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I don't accept definition #2 in the OP for AE. Same with the first definition in #1.
#3AuthorJurist (US) (804041) 23 Aug 12, 17:38
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That is, however you translate it, it should probably be marked BE.
#4Authorhm -- us (236141) 23 Aug 12, 17:47
Context/ examples
a) This is the British English definition of play at.

1 play at something
to do something without being very serious about it
I think she's just playing at running a business.

2 play at something
if children play at something, they pretend to be someone else or to be involved in a particular type of situation
A child playing at shopping, for example, will display early maths skills.


3 what is he/she playing at? used when you think that someone is behaving in a stupid or dishonest way
What does he think he's playing at, making the children lie for him?



b) This is the American English definition of play at soemthing

1play at something to do something without being very serious about it
I think she's just playing at running a business.

2play at something if children play at something, they pretend to be someone else or to be involved in a particular type of situation
A child playing at shopping, for example, will display early math skills.


http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary...












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a) BE
b) AE
#5Authorwmw (386353) 23 Aug 12, 19:00
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My assertion is that #5, b) 2 is not normal AE.
#6AuthorJurist (US) (804041) 23 Aug 12, 19:32
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