May 26, 2016 - I translated "Sie trinkt meist Tee." as "She mostly drinks tea.", which Duo didn't like at all. To me this seems identical to "She drinks tea for the most part." Am I missing something here?
"Sie trinkt meist Tee."
"Meistens trink sie Tee"
have the same meaning, and I would prefer your version, depending on context.
"Sie trink meistens Tee."
Why is 'Meist' before 'Tee' . Is it an adjective. If so why is it placed at the beging of a sentance in alternate versions.?
Firstly, meist here is an adverb. You might be thinking why a noun placed in front of an adverb. Actually, there are 2 types of nouns, which are pronouns and nouns. Nouns are located after adverbs (t-m-p) while pronouns are located after the conjugated verb.
Sorry, But the 2nd option on DL Hints is "usually". The 3th is mostly. IMO they should change it.
Annika_a, you missed the point. Can't help you if you are willing to through your rage in a simple question like mine.
There's no rage here. I rather think you missed watay's point.
Duolingo's hints, just like any dictionary lookup, will give you various correct translations for a particular word. Since languages don't match perfectly, some translations will be valid in some instances and others in other instances. The task for the learner is to figure out which are correct for which situation. (Edit: This is just as much true in an offline learning situation with a teacher and a dictionary.)
If Duolingo would award you with points for incorrect choices of words for a particular sentence, it would cheat you by teaching you incorrect German. Why would you want that?
And I was explaining why your suggestion was impractical in my opinion.
If you want to have a discussion with a particular user, you can write on their streams -- sentence discussions are not private so you can't really pick and choose who comments on your posts.
(I can't understand where you see the "extreme rage" you write about, but that's OK.)
I write where I want. Also you lost your mind. Go back to your France lessons. Is just wataya antwort that ive considered, not yours. You are a ❤❤❤❤❤❤. Have a nice day.
Annika_a, you are enterelly wrong. I haven't missed his point. My "opinion" is just a DL feedback. You got youserself in the middle of discussion between me and wataya. Its ok our debate, just still not understanding your extreme rage. Sorry.
As a non-native english or german speaker, and the fact DL focus on "for fun" learning language, i dont have enought time to go deep on "really context-aware". DL should keep all more acceptable answer on 1st option.
Would you rather learn German (and English as a bonus), or rather score points in the game?
Well, you can should away as long as you want to, but that's not how the system works.
Is "She drinks the most tea," "Sie trinkt den meisten Tee?" Or would you say something like "Sie trinkt mehr Tee als jeder?"
"Sie trinkt den meisten Tee" is fine (although it doesn't sound very elegant to my ears). In your 2nd sentence I'd put an "als jeder andere" at the end.
"Sie trinkt den meisten Tee" is absolutely correct and a very common way to say it!
For the most part, the examples Duolingo has given gewöhnlich and normalerweise could be used to serve the same purpose as meisten, am I wrong? and If so can someone explain to me what is the difference between meisten, gewöhnlich and normalerweise.
Meist in this case is an adverb, but "meist-" can be used as an adjective, e.g. "Die meisten Leute trinken lieber Tee als Kaffee." Or "Er hat das Meiste gegessen."
what is the difference between mostly / usually , gewoehnlich / meist please
Wataya above has said that "meist" and "meistens" can be used interchangeably in this context.
That gives you a nice genitive.
"Sie trinkt das meisste des Tees." Very rare construction though. :-)
@backtoschool, why is it das meiste and not den meiste? I thought it should be den meiste because Tee is "der Tee" and is akkusativ here
She drinks for the most part tea. Why not "She drinks for the most part of tea"?
Dec 28, 2016 - "She drinks for the most part of tea" The basic sentence is "She drinks tea" You would not use OF in the basic sentence - "She drinks OF tea" NO! Incorrect! :-D
"For the most part" is an adverb phrase that modifies DRINKS. It is similar to "She quickly drinks tea", in which QUICKLY is an adverb that modifies DRINKS. Replace QUICKLY with FOR THE MOST PART, and you have the correct sentence.
As a minor detail, the placement of the adverb phrase (FOR THE MOST PART) in front of the verb is okay, and will be used that way sometimes. However, English speakers will tend to put those adverb phrases at the end of the sentence. "She drinks tea for the most part."
As for the adverb QUICKLY, there is a slight difference in the meanings of the sentences "She quickly drinks tea" and "She drinks tea quickly". Don't worry about it for now, though, as this is a very minor detail.
Happy New Year!
I didn't know this because I'm from Poland but thank you for explanation.
Also happy new year 2017!
You are welcome, and it is good for you to ask these questions. I am impressed that you are learning German from English, neither of which is your mother tongue. I hope to be able to do that some day.
Duo does not accept my usage of "generally" in stead of "usually" in this case, while in other cases he does. Englisch ist nicht meine Muttersprache
May 31, 2017 - "She drinks most tea" is quite unclear in English. Did you mean "She drinks the most tea" ? That would be Sie trinkt den meisten Tee
It's not unclear in English at all.
"What kinds of tea does she drink? Hot, cold, sweet, bitter? Is she picky?" "Nah she's not picky. She drinks most tea."
I doubt you would hear most English speakers say She drinks most tea. They would indeed wonder which of the following you meant:
Does she drink the larger part of the tea available? She drinks most OF THE tea. or She drinks THE most tea.
"What kinds of tea does she drink? Hot, cold, sweet, bitter? Is she picky?" "Nah she's not picky. She drinks mostLY tea."
Does she drink just about any variety of tea available? She drinks most teaS.
I am a native born English speaker, and I'm telling you that "She drinks most tea" is entirely natural. "She drinks most teas" would also work, but it makes less literal sense in that, when she's doing the drinking, she's drinking a singular tea at each occasion.
Then I guess we native English speakers will just have to disagree on this one. Perhaps it is a regional thing. :-)
I agree, but this German sentence means "she drinks mostly/primarily tea", not "she drinks most kinds of tea."
@Bradyoder which is why I asked the original question: "How would I say 'She drinks most [kinds of] tea?"...
"she is drinking tea usually" didn't work. Although the sentense sounds weird, I clearly got the point.
That's mostly a UK English usage; in US English it's "to drink tea", so either should be correct as a Duo translation.