The modal "kann" as the conjugated form of the verb goes at the beginning of a yes-or-no type question and the verb which comes after the modal must be in infinitive and goes to the end of the sentence. http://german.about.com/library/blmodalv01.htm http://german.about.com/library/blmodalvex.htm
Well this might be a more liberal, modern way... I can order it be we don't need to agree that I pay and you are in debt. It works noth ways, while it is gentlemanly and generous to offer a woman (or man) a drink . In some cultures it does leave the woman owing something unfortunately, not a position an independent woman necessarily want to be! Oh yeah, then there is the fact that it's just a German idiom, that too...
See - what I don't understand is when I hover over a word to see what the translation is, to learn it and how to use it, often times I will be shown completely nonsensical and incorrect uses of the word. For instance, "Kann" was coming up as "Am able to play" "to play with" and "Know", yet here it actually means (what I assumed it was but went against my better judgement in favour of the translation provided by Duolingo) "can".
That's probably because the full sentence of the question you were one was "Ich kann spielen" (I can play). When you hover over a single word, most of the time it will show you the definition of the full sentence at the very top of the menu and in the lower part of the list will show you the individual word, if that makes any sense.
Hello sir I thank for your accurate answer and precious help. I have another question for eveyone who could do me a favour and answer: i have two sentences 1_Darf ich dich zum abendessen einladen? 2_kann ich dir ein Getränk bestellen?
These two look to be the same ,i mean they're both asking someone if they can order them a drink or if they can invite them to dinner but as we see for the first one ich dich... is used and the second one ich dir... What's the difference?
Picked this up from Yahoo answers:
Du = nominative/subject. "You" is doing the action. Examples: You go, you buy, you see: du gehst, du kaufst, du sehst.
Dich = accusative/direct object. The action is being done to "you". Examples: I see you, I love you: Ich sehe dich, ich liebe dich.
Dir = dative/indirect object. The action is being done to something else, via "you". Examples: I talk to you, I give a present to you: Ich spreche mit dir, ich gebe dir ein Geschenk.
In this sentence "Can I order you a drink?" or "Can I order a drink for you?" "you" is the indirect object and would be in Dative case in German and changes from the Nominative form "du" to "dich". (We don't change forms for you for this, but we do from I to me or from he to him.) We don't have Dative case in English, so we would use the possessive "Your place or mine". In German, "zu" requires Dative form here. http://german.about.com/library/blcase_sum2.htm http://german.about.com/library/blcase_dat.htm http://german.about.com/library/blcase_dat2.htm
What do you mean by "words out of order"?
- What order are the words in?
- Which order would you prefer?
- Are you perhaps doing this as an exercise where you have to rearrange word tiles into the proper order? If so, they have to be "out of order" at the start – that's rather the point of the exercise...
[12 May 2019 15:22 UST]