It means “nice to have”: good option, but not essential
“Nice to have” literally means “nice to have” and describes things you would like to have but don’t necessarily need. This often means luxury goods, without which one can survive well, but which would make life easier. The English expression “nice to have” sums up this need in one word, which is why it has made its way into the German language.
This is how “nice to have” is used
You can use the phrase “nice to have” to talk about things you wish you had, but can live without if you don’t have them. For example, expensive smartphones, clothes or video games are “nice to have”. But immaterial things can also be “nice to have”. You have to decide for yourself whether something is a “nice to have” or a “must have” for you.
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What does “yes” mean?
Here are some examples of how “nice to have” might be used in common parlance:
- “A Gucci handbag like this would be nice to have, but I can live without it.”
- “I don’t know if I should ask my boss for more vacation days. It would be nice to have some.”
- “Honestly, air conditioning in the car is not a good thing to have in the summer, but a must have, iykyk.”
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