"The woman is walking in front of the house."

Translation:Die Frau läuft vor dem Haus.

January 28, 2013

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I used the accusative after vor as I thought her walking implied movement. Can anyone clarify?


True, but she doesn't change the location of where she is walking. Accusative would imply that she was somewhere else and now moves to the front of the house.


I see your point, and I understand the nuance. However, if the idea of the sentence was that the woman passed the front of the house on her walk would I be right in thinking that the accusative must be employed? (I'm sure that there is a more precise verb like, say, vorbeigehen (+an), which could be used in this case, but....)


Hmm, if you insist on the verb 'laufen' and the preposition 'vor', you are left with two possibilities: 'Sie läuft vor dem Haus' (dative) and 'Sie läuft vor das Haus' (accusative). As the second alternative would imply that she moved from someplace else to the front of the house, the closest you can get to your intended meaning under the given constraints is 'Sie läuft vor dem Haus'. But as the dative implies that she doesn't change the location of her walking, in order to express the idea of passing by you really would have to use 'Sie geht / läuft am / vor dem Haus vorbei'


Thank you both - That is so informative.


thank you both. the answer helps in a set of prep.


Thank you that helps a lot


I used "spazieren gehen", as in "Die Frau geht vor dem Haus spazieren", and was told it was incorrect. Any reason this wouldn't be accepted?


It's a corner case. "Spazieren gehen" is more like "to stroll" than "to walk" but they do accept it on other occassions, so I guess it should be accepted here as well.


Could you use 'vorm Haus'?


The suggested answer for me (translate from English) was "... vorm Heim." So... maybe?


I used "gegenüber" , from the same lesson: »Die Frau läuft gegenüber vom Haus«. Is that correct? Does it convey the same meaning?


No, "gegenüber vom Haus" means on the other side of the street (relative to the house).


I thought front in german is 'Vorderfront' why is 'vor' used instead?


I got it wrong and Duolingo said it should be "sie lauft vörm heim". I am baffled (again).

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