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"Ich komme aus Südamerika, aber lebe in Nordamerika."

Translation:I come from South America, but live in North America.

November 4, 2015



Why is is "lebe" rather than "wohne"?


Lebe and wohne are both correct in this sentence. "Wohnen" means specifically where you live (reside, lodge, dwell are synonyms.) "Leben" is exactly like the English verb "to live," meaning "to be alive," so it can also be used like: "Ich lebe, mein Herze, zu deinem Ergötzen"  "I live, my heart, for your delight" [J. S. Bach, BWV 145]


If you're from Africa, then why are you white?

(disclaimer: this is a Mean Girls reference. if you don't get it, don't attack me. I'm not racist)


You need to go sit with the nerds...

Wait a minute - this is Duolingo


why isnt there an "ich" in the second clause ? aber ich lebe in Nordamerika


That's also possible.

It's a bit like how in English you can say "I eat and drink" or "I eat and I drink" -- the subject for both verbs in the two clauses joined with "and" is the same and so the second "I" can be left out if you want.

That said, it would probably be clearer with the second ich in it -- but it's not strictly necessary.

Another possibility is Ich komme aus Südamerika, lebe aber in Nordamerika which would also be a bit better than the current sentence (in my opinion); this uses aber as an adverb rather than as a conjunction.

The ich is (or can be) omitted but the "ghost" of it still fills up the first position of the second clause so that the second clause starts (on the surface) with the verb.


Why was this one already filled out with me not needing to do anything but press the check button??


so hes mexican huh? why live in a country created by english and frenschmen go to your mauritania dude.


North wasn't shown as an option


This is bad German


"lebe aber" is better than "aber lebe" in this sentence


When exactly to we learn "South" or "North"? I got this sentence and couldn't understand nothing. Would like to get back and re-learn.

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