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"She only speaks seldom."

Translation:Sie spricht nur selten.

January 7, 2013

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

"She only speaks seldom" doesn't feel like a "native utterance" to me.


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

"she speaks only rarely" or just "she rarely speaks" might be better.


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

Yes, or just "she seldom speaks." Actually, I think "She only seldom speaks" is the more natural English word order here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/crazy4languages

It is totally unnatural in English!!!! It's something a foreign person might say mistakenly


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

Yes--however, I'm sure it sounds natural (in English) to a native speaker of German! It may be one of those "I can't believe this isn't natural" sentences (In this case, for a German speaker, in English). A German example:: "Die Kinder sind mit ihren Grosseltern.", which seems so basic, it ought to "work." However, in German, you need to either use "bei" instead of "mit", or throw in a "zusammen" at the end of the sentence, to sound natural. As second-language learners, we never reach the level of "deep knowledge" about natural language patterns that a life-long speaker has. (Which makes things interesting!)

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