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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ehsan

"Die Frau sieht das Kind."

January 3, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RAG

Why not 'the woman is seeing the child'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ehsan

Why not "the kid sees the woman"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bl1zl3er

Grammatically that would not be wrong since die Frau could be accusative and das Kind could be nominative instead of the other way around, but it would be very awkward to say or write something like that since it would be misunderstood 100% of the time if no further context was given.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VirgilJSchmidt

Thank you for your explanation. I have been curious about this for some time now.

I'm learning Esperanto, which does not allow for this kind of confusion no matter in which order the words are put. HOWEVER. I gather from your answer that it's not that complicated in German either because common sense (no reference to Ehsan) would tell us that since both nouns can be exchanged grammatically (in this sentence), the sentence should be taken just as it sounds.

Really, in my perhaps awkward way, I am saying you have helped turn on a light bulb for me. Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiki_y

Last sentence was "das Kind sieht den Mann", why not this one write as "die Frau sieht den Kind"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hohenems

"den Mann" and "das Kind" are both in the accusative case. "den" is accusative for masculine (der Mann is masculine). "das" is accusative for neuter (das Kind is neuter). I suggest memorizing the tables here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_articles
Hope that helps!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiki_y

That's very helpful. Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/officerharry15

It told me Frau was wife why is that?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hohenems

Frau means both wife and woman depending on context. Same thing in French - "femme" means both wife and woman.

Hope that helps!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elias8star

i lost 1 heart because i wrote with minuscle alphabet....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glutexo

You should capitalize the letters appropriately, it is a part of correct language.

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