Um = In order to..


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?


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.



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