This sort of question (drucken or drücken?) is super and really helps me learn. Thanks
Still don't see why the "auf" is needed. Why not just "Niemand wird diesen Knopf drücken"?
The word "auf" lets us specify on what will be pressed, if it were just "Nobody will press." it would just be "Niemand wird drücken." however neither of these really make sense as there's no context. So while the word "auf" may not always be used, words with a similar function will be used.
Why isn't "nobody will press on this button" correct??!!? That's why "auf" is there, isn't it??
In German you have two options: "auf diesen Knopf" or "diesen Knopf" (different logic, same meaning in principle). In English there exists only the version withou "on".
As a native speaker, I think it sounds perfectly fine to include on. Although, admittedly, it is less common to include it.
Why the accusative "diesen" here? Isn't "auf" supposed to be followed by a dative if there's no movement?
Given that the valid phrase "No one" as an alternative to "Nobody" has already been suggested 2 years ago and is still not being accepted, would I be right in assuming that this is another Pearson sentence that can't be fixed for that reason?
though linguistically related "knob" is not exactly the same as "Knopf". "knob" is usually used for that kind of "Knöpfe" which cannot be pressed but are used as handles on e.g. doors (in German this can be called "Knopf" or "Knauf").
Thanks. I thought I'd give 'knob' a try as it appeared as an alternative option to 'button' in the drop down translation hint, but I should know from experience by now that Duo doesn't always take any notice of its hints. My German-English dictionary has Knopf for knob one way, but button for Knopf the other, and Griff for door knob, just to add to the fun. Thinking of machinery, if you press something with your thumb or finger, we'd probably call it a button, but if you press it with your hand, we'd probably call it a knob, but not necessarily so. There was no context in the exercise, so we'll never know what the the course writers wanted!