Um = In order to..

RexV

I have just seen this sentence “Um die Prüfung zu bestehen, musst du viel lernen” which I can see means “In order to pass the exam, you have to learn it” in the translation.

I only thought that “um” means around, about etc and not “in order to”.

Is there something I am missing?
 

Liss-Rocket-Languages-Tutor

Hallo RexV,

The construction um ... zu is used to mean "in order to." An infinitive (unconjugated) verb will always follow the zu, as in your example above.

Tschüss!

Liss

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