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von tamixx, 2016-01-17, 11:24  like dislike  Spam?  91.7.77....
Is das grammatikalisch richtig?
Not quite  #831174
von Sunblind-Duck (GB), Last modified: 2016-01-17, 11:32  like dislike  Spam?  
A motor mechanic is a person who repairs cars. A mechanic can belong to many trades.
a mechanic is a person who repairs cars?  #831179
von Truhachev (RU), 2016-01-17, 12:41  like dislike  Spam?  
I always thought that a motor mechanic is one who repairs motors.
I 'd recommend the following:
car mechanic; motorcar mechanic; auto mechanic, automobile mechanic etc.
"mechanic" (without any word added) should be sufficient  #831182
von anon., 2016-01-17, 13:18  like dislike  Spam?  77.10.13....
according to my dictionary (Longman):  mecanic  -  someone who is skilled at repairing motor vehicles and machinery
von timfefe (AU/AT), Last modified: 2016-01-17, 13:52  like dislike  Spam?  
Strictly speaking, a mechanic is a person skilled at maintaining and repairing machinery. What kind of machinery? Well, this is context dependent. Because the private car is the machinery that most commonly requires maintenance and repair in the lives of most ordinary people, the title "mechanic" has become almost synonymous with "motorcar mechanic" or "auto mechanic".

So now to tamixx's question re the sentence "a mechanic is a person who repairs cars".
Is this grammatically correct? - yes.
And semantically? - usually also correct, unless the context is some other type of machinery.
Mechanics  #831188
von Catesse (AU), 2016-01-17, 15:12  like dislike  Spam?  
Mechanics of various kinds also repair refrigerators, washing machines, tumble driers, lawn mowers, factory machinery.
If you were applying for some official document, you would need to specify what sort of mechanic. On the other hand, if you are standing next to a broken-down car beside the road, you would say to your passenger: "I can't fix it. I'll have to call a mechanic." Obviously you would not be calling a lawnmower repairman.
von uffie (GH/KI), 2016-01-17, 18:36  like dislike  Spam?  
out here it's a different world. When we had some work done it turned out the chippie is a decent cook and rubbish at doing his day job. There is a formal system for getting qualifications but it's all private and takes a lot of money (relatively speaking). Upward mobility is a rare exception and it takes a truly dedicated person to achieve it.

In Germany you can reckon 1/3 of the cost in material, the rest labour. Here it's the other way round.
von geo255 (US), 2016-01-17, 20:12  like dislike  Spam?  
In the U.S. "mechanic" usually means an automobile mechanic.  We certainly allow other meanings for mechanic, but these will have a specifier like "washing-machine mechanic" or "diesel mechanic".  Usually we simply say "mechanic", rather than "automobile mechanic", "auto mechanic", or "car mechanic.

"Motor mechanic", meaning "automobile mechanic" is British English.  In my country, we have "diesel mechanics" and "small engine mechanics" (e.g. lawnmower engines), but we don't normally say "motor mechanic" .
von uffie (GH/KI), 2016-01-18, 02:38  like dislike  Spam?  
von Sunblind-Duck (GB), 2016-01-18, 14:51  like dislike  Spam?  
'Motor mechanic' is pretty well standard in the UK when referring to a vehicle repair man. I would never use the term motor car mechanic. Sounds much too laboured. By the way, on my marriage certificate, my job description is given as 'Recording machine mechanic'. At the time, I worked for Thomas A. Edison as a serviceman.
von uffie (GH/KI), 2016-01-18, 16:42  like dislike  Spam?  
motor car mechanic does sound laboured

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