I would think that "Ich mag Schule" means you like school in general, as opposed to liking 'the' school that you are talking about. Although, I'm not sure that would even been a proper phrase in German.
"Ich mag lerne" would probably cover the same concept.
"Ich mag (das) Lernen" or "Ich mag es zu lernen" or "Ich lerne gern" or "Mir gefällt das Lernen (gut)" or "Mir gefällt es (sehr) zu lernen"
"Ich mag lerne" is wrong, because both "mag" and "lerne" are already conjugated. "Mögen"/"ich mag"/"du magst" etc. is always followed by an infinitive.
But in the tips and notes of the lessons, duo teached us that «mag» goes with nouns, while «gern» goes with verbs in infinitive. The own Mizinamo tells the same thing on this chat.
Now, you state that «mag» goes always with an infinitive, which is really confusing to those who are studying German from zero (as it is my case).
Perhaps is it that we have been given the general basic rule but there are special contexts where «mag + infinitive» could be welcomed ? Contexts that we will learn little by little throughout other lessons?) Or is it simply, a mistake?.
Please, do not think that I am claiming. I am so grateful for your helping. Truly.
It is only to remind that some begginners could easily get absolutly puzzled when helpers seem to say opposite things... but they do not argue about.
Sorry for my english!
Why is the correct answer "I like school" and not "I like THE school" since the speaker uses the definite article?
Ich mag diese Schule (If you are close, point or show a picture). Or you can say ''Ich mag diese Schule : (insert School)
I came to the discussion to find out why "ich mag DIE Schule" is "I like school", but there was no answer to this. Can anyone help out here? Is "die Schule" just an oddity that has to have an article with it? Thanks in advance for any light you can shine on this for me!
@Gail616867 I saw the exact same. I too would like to know! I asked this question (similar) but got 0 responses, I hope your question does better than mine.
I thought it would mean i like THE school (as in a person choosing which school to go to). Anyone tell me why it's not?
Hi Astowah, Gail61687 is right. None of the mods want to answer this question. Maybe they feel it has been adequately answered already, if that's the case they're wrong. I know I still have the same question and the answer would be greatly appreciated!
I hope YOU get an answer to this. Several of us have been asking the same question, over and over and all we get is silence.
It's a little tricky, I think. In English, you say "I like school" if you like school in general, and "I like the school" if you like one specific school (correct me if I'm wrong). In German, "Ich mag die Schule" can mean both, but you can also say "Ich mag Schule" (though it sounds rather colloquial), which also means the person speaking likes school in general.
Yes, I am a german native speaker doing the reverse course and the man really says "Ich mag die Schul'n.", which would mean "I like the schools."(plural!). I already sent a report.
Would it change if you omit Die in the sentence? Ich mag schule. Correct?
Does this mean school as a building, or figuratively? If it means "I like the building" (because of how it looks, is designed etc), why isn't there a "the" in the English sentence? "I like school" is a general statement, pretty much meaning "I like going to school".
I don't get it. Is "Ich mag Schule" wrong? Does it mean something different? Thanks
So, the "die" is goes the way of the admins when no one want to answer the question from last year?
Re: "THE" missing from answer. I'm a native English speaker, so i can't address the German side of this question. Much like i would say, "i like nature", i would also say, "i like school", in both cases leaving out "the". If i said, "i like THE school", THE would indicate that i like a specific school. "I like school" indicates that i like/ enjoy going to school in general.
i like the school and I like school are both given as correct but do not mean exactly the same in English ( British)
How does Duo differentiate between "I like (going to) school" as a general concept and "I like the/this( a particular ) school"? The concepts are somewhat different in English ( the British form thereof; don't speak American)
The concepts are different in American English also. Too bad nobody from Duo answers this.
That’s because this is a discussion forum. It doesn’t go to the admins directly, you know.
But in English, "I like school" is shorthand for "I like going to school". It implies liking an activity, not an object.
Sometimes the pronunciation is not clear: I am sure the female voice says "Schul-en" and not "schul-e", when in fact the correct answer is schule