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For or Against

The preposition gegen is usually translated as "against" in English, but there are some exceptions, especially when gegen comes up in a health context. When discussing whether a medicine is effective for a specific health condition, gegen is usually translated as "for":

 

Gegen die Halsschmerzen hilft ein Hustenbonbon.
For sore throats, a cough drop helps.
Caption 9, Krank sein: mit Eva

 

Das kann ganz gut gegen das Bauchweh helfen.    
This can help a lot for a stomachache.
Caption 17, Krank sein: mit Eva

 

However, gegen in regards to allergies is usually translated as "to": 

 

Ich bin erst mal allergisch gegen Pferde geworden…
I first became allergic to horses…
Caption 44, Curly Horses: Pferdeglück auch für Allergiker

 

One exception, however, is regarding immunization, where gegen is usually translated as "against": 

 

Bist du eigentlich gegen die Schweinegrippe geimpft?
Are you actually immunized against the swine flu?
Caption 24, Deutsche Musik: Thomas Godoj

 

Further Learning
Do a search for gegen on Yabla German and see some more examples of how this preposition is used in German in a real world context! 

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