"Beantworten Sie mir eine Frage."

Translation:Answer one question for me.

January 27, 2013



Is "answer me a question" bad English grammar? That's rejected in favor of "Answer one question for me", but in "Beantworten Sie mir ein paar Frage", "answer me a few questions" is accepted, why? Is "answer me a few questions" bad English grammar?

January 27, 2013


Nope, it's perfectly correct in English. It's just that there are thousands of correct answers that duolingo doesn't accept (yet)

June 3, 2013


heh bro, I also typed "answer me a question", and that was still rejected.

April 22, 2013


"Answer me a question" was accepted on December 10th, 2014.

December 10, 2014


what is the difference betwen "Beantworten" and "antworten"?

May 28, 2017


What's the role of the word "Sie" in this sentence?

It seems logical to me if I read "Beantworten mir eine Frage" instead with "sie".

May 17, 2017


It is the polite "you". The literal translation would be like "You, answer me a question" I think without it would look like a rude question. Can a native speaker confirm?

May 19, 2017


I'm not a native speaker but I took German classes and I know this form. It's the polite form of imperative. You know how there's "Sie" with the capital S that means "you" but is polite? When you're speaking to someone you call "Sie", if you want to ask him to do something, you say "Machen Sie" for example. But for someone you call "du", you say "Mach". And for "ihr", it is "Macht".

July 7, 2018
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