https://www.duolingo.com/dthreatz

"Ich muss meine Mittagessen kochen."

January 9, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/BorisStricky

I don't think that it is never said like this, mostly you never use plural of lunch, and for sure not in this example..

January 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kdn

As I know Mittagessen is not used in plural in Germany. The same I assume for English. However it is gramatically correct.

February 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Grafiker

what a bizarre phrase - why can't Duolingo give us useful phrases. Or are they deliberately trying to trip us up.

January 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dthreatz

Why is "I must cook my lunch" wrong?

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kwonnnn

Apparently because it's "meine Mittagessen" and not "mein Mittagessen". That being said, "I must cook my lunches" sounds like something nobody would every say.

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

Neither 'meine Mittagessen'. It's just an odd example. How many lunches can a person possibly need? That being said, you might precook your food for the next days, as it used to happen in my family, then they said: Ich muss das Mittagessen der nächsten Tage [of the next/following days] vorkochen.

January 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems

Lunches can be used in odd cases. Generally it is singular. I imagine because "lunches" sounds terrible, people tend to re-word the sentence like in your example: "I made myself lunch for the next couple of days". Here's an example of lunches:

  • "Chef, I made all the bagged lunches for the kids' field trip."
  • "How many did you make?"
  • "30."
  • "What about the gluten-free lunches?"
  • "What do you mean Chef?"
  • "I needed 2 gluten-free lunches. 28 regular, and 2 gluten-free."
  • "Sorry Chef, I didn't know. I'll get right on that Chef."
  • "Stop wasting my time and money Sheffield. You stupid donkey."
February 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/helenvee

The annoying thing is that the drop down vocab translates it as lunch.

February 5, 2013
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