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"Du musst ins Bett gehen."

Translation:You have to go to bed.

January 22, 2014


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"ins" is "in+das", right? then why "you have to go the THE bed" is incorrect? thanks


Ins Bett is fixed expression meaning 'to bed'. There is no other way, than to memorize it...


Eh.... is it really ? I mean the rules seems to work here. "In" is two way preposition ... Bett is neuter, and it's movement we're talking here (gehen) => accusative , therefore in das Bett gehen => ins Bett gehen.

Please correct me if I got it wrong.


You're right, but "ins Best gehen" means "to go to bed", it doesn't mean "to go to the bed."


THE bed is when you are referring to a specific bed...but speaking generally....you shouldn't use THE


Why can't it be: "You must go into bed"?


This would mean something like: "Du musst ins Bett hinein gehen".

But "you must go into the bed" is a rather strange sentence to say.


I'm an adult mom!


Kind of want to say this angrily in German when my kids aren't cooperating.


I wrote 'You have to go bed' and it is wrong. I always say it like this and I'm not sure if it is a correct way of saying it or bad english on my part. Same for if I was to say 'I have to go hospital' or 'I have to go school'. Any other fluent english speakers know if this is right or wrong?


Native english speaker and "to" needs to be added to all your sentences (this sentence is an example). Eg. I have to go to hospital.


You also need another "the". Eg. I have to go to the hospital.


"go to the hospital" is American, English leave out the "the"


I grew up saying that too. I also said "you was" and "brung". It's good to leave dialect behind in childhood.


Still not understanding word order in German,

Is "Du musst gehen ins bett" acceptable or is there a rule against it?


No you can't. When you have a modal verb, the following infinitive always goes at the end of the sentence


Du musst gehen ins Bett is wrong?


When you're using modal verbs, the modal verb is the second element in the sentence and the other verb goes to the very last place.

Du musst ins Bett gehen


Oh, thanls a lot Ilaria


Here musst means have to go. Then if go is already mentioned in this word why does it put another gehen??


In Duo's sentence, musst means "have to".

Both Du musst ins Bett. and Du musst ins Bett gehen. are possible -- with or without the gehen.

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