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"Er hat sich auf den Stuhl gesetzt."

Translation:He sat down on the chair.

November 15, 2013



Is "He sat himself on the chair." wrong in english?

August 25, 2014


That's correct English. I tried it as well and it was marked wrong, so I've reported it.

September 16, 2014


That's what I put and it was marked correct (2016.11.21)

November 21, 2016


Sitting "on" a chair and "in" a chair are both grammatically correct and should both be accepted. They are a bit different in connotation: one might sit "on" a hard wooden chair, but "in" an upholstered armchair. Also, sitting is not ordinarily reflexive in English. "He sat himself down" (never "he has sat himself down") would imply a deliberate act, perhaps balancing on an unsteady chair for instance, or making a formal entrance, as in "the Chairman came in and sat himself at the head of the table."

December 30, 2014


'He sat on the stool' was incorrect, but Stuhl should translate to both chair and stool?

April 12, 2014


@tianyilu, StrapsOption: Nein. Stuhl and "stool" are cognates, but the only way they are synonyms is if you are discussing feces.


Try Hocker or Schemel for the "stool" you'd find at a bar.

January 18, 2015


Yes, and 'seat' as well.

June 9, 2014


It didn't accept 'seat' in this case. DL is very inconsistent sometimes!

August 10, 2014



August 11, 2014


I wrote "He sat on the stool"...marked wrong...

March 2, 2017


I feel like my use of ON or IN the chair would be largely based on whether or not the chair has arms.

February 6, 2018


Auf den Stuhl...why is 'onto the chair' nit accepted? Auf den clearly indicates movement 'onto'

September 1, 2014


But wouldn't it have to be dative to involve movement? Den Stuhl isn't dative, in that case it would be Dem Stuhl right?

May 19, 2015


It's the other way around. Akkusativ is for movement and Dativ for position/standing still. So when somebody sits on the chair, he is moving (he isn't already seated). Hope I helped.

May 19, 2015


Ah, yes, I really don't know how I mixed those up. You indeed helped, have a lingot!

So I guess the most plausible answer to the originally posed question is that; in English we never use the word onto along side the action to sit regardless of movement.... At least I've never heard it that way.

May 19, 2015


So we have to use the reflexive form here? Will "Er hat auf den Stuhl gesetzt" be marked wrong?

August 6, 2016


I don't seem to understand when I should use 'sich' and when demonstrative pronoun like mich, dich, etc. Edit: I found a link with a table of reflexive pronouns: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Reflexiv/Reflexiv.html#Table

October 17, 2016


'He has sat down on the chair' should be accepted surely?

February 19, 2018


Yes - that's one of the listed alternatives and should already be accepted.

February 19, 2018
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