Meanings

1.
"verbal shrug"
(expresses that the speaker considers something to be "second best", not the first choice in moments of decision. The long form would be something like "Okay, if A is not possible then B". It can lean to many angles depending on how you say it)
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2.
"sorry but"
(people also use it to low-key defend their statements against counters by implying that it's not their fault. Read the articles for more details :))
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The meaning and use of German "halt"

A fun look at the meaning of German "halt" and an interesting insight into why native speakers use it all the time.


How Germans use "halt"

Word Family

Root: *haldanan
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