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"Nein, ich gehe nicht, bevor ich meine Antworten habe."

January 27, 2013

15 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/loser_online

Even more natural (English) is "I'm not going before I get SOME answers", or "UNTIL I get some answers"

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cinziascordia

I do not understand why the solution in english become future - I'll not go - which actually is also incorrect maybe -I wont go?- than it could also be I do not want to go before I get my answer. Not Clear!!

January 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jhladky

You could put it a couple of ways in English. In the present tense "I do not go", which is correct, but that sounds pretty wooden in modern English. We usually use the present progressive "I am not going, until I get my answers" Remember German does not use the present progressive tense like English does. When in doubt with "Ich gehe" or "Ich gehe nicht". Try making it present progressive to see if it helps. It has been helping me.

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/anniekate

I put "I do not go" and it said it was wrong and the correct answer is "I will not go." I find this confusing. How did it become future tense?

April 26, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

See the explanation of jhladky. This sentence is most likely connected with some particular situation where a person wants to get some answers and does not want to leave until (s)he gets them. Now forget the German sentence for a while and think of how you would say that in English. Most likely you'll say "I'll not go before I have my answers" or "I'm not going until I have my answers".

Technically, "I do not go" should be accepted, too. Who knows, maybe this person is speaking about his general habit of not going until he gets answers :-) In this case present simple would sound fine. I'll suggest this option in my report.

Please take all this as the best explanations I can think of. I am neither a German nor an English native speaker.

April 27, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/langtonian

The problem here as I see it is this. When I saw this sentence, I understood perfectly well that "I will not go..." sounded more natural. However, you are never sure how literal you are expected to be, and how much you can get away with doing an English version that catches the sense of the German but isn't a literal translation.

April 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

Yes, there is such a problem. Sometimes I also lose hearts for being too literal. Anyway, I suggested your answer as another correct one, so maybe it will be accepted.

April 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lieryan

The guideline I use is "you need to be literal, but not /too/ literal".

May 3, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lexht

"I do not go until I get my answers" is not something you'd get in English. "I do not go" is a statement of something ongoing, and would not used with a condition phrase like "until".

May 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/brclement

'I will' is not actually future tense in English. The future would be 'I shall', 'I will' describes a desire. Confusingly, in the second and third persons 'shall' and 'will' are reversed.

June 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Paulx589

Why is "habe" at the end of the sentence?

Thank you!

May 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo

This is a subordinate clause that requires that the verb come at the end.

For more information, see http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa010910a.htm and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_sentence_structure#Subordinate_clauses

May 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Chitresh_Chahar

can we consider before = until in this sentence... like some people are using i am not going until i have my answers.. is that allowed

May 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Chitresh_Chahar

yup re did the test and duolingo is accepting it but not showing "until" on hovering over bevor... i had associated until with bis... so can we use bis here?

May 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kweatherwalks

Why is there a comma after nicht?
As I progress, I find an increasing need to learn more about sentence structure in German.

June 27, 2013
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