Anyone know why its "Ich musß es seblst machen" and "du musst es selber machen?" What's the difference between Selber and Selbst?
This site: http://germannn.tumblr.com/post/86891058047/selbst-vs-selber claims that "selbst and selber are entirely interchangeable; the only difference is that selbst tends to be used in formal speech and writing, whereas selber tends to be used in everyday speech".
1st person:(ich) selber 2nd person:(du) selbst Plural:(wir/sie) selben The word changes when the degree of person changes. Almost exactly like that example. IE; 1st pers:muss 2nd person:musst 3rd person:mussen
How can you distinguish between English "do" or "make" in this sentence ("you must do it yourself" vs "you must make it yourself")?
You can't. It depends on 'what to do' or 'what to make'. If it's an action that claims for 'do' (favor, homework, etc.) you say do. If it claims for 'make' (the bed, a cake), you say 'make'. Yeah, I know it's hard to understand!
"should" is another verb and yes it is weaker. --> Du solltest es selber machen.
"solltest" (infinitive: sollen) does not say here that the person has to do it alone / yourself. It is just a strong advise to do it alone.
PD: Is "yourself" correct?
Hover has "selber"= "yourselves" (plural") I risked writng "yourself" as there ws nothing else plural in the sentence. have reported it.
I think its like do and make in english. If its something that you have to do with your hands, Or it's towards an objects, You would use make in english and use machen in german. If it isn't done by your hands and it's not an object, You use do in english and tun in german.
At least that's the way I see it.
Its like having something to DO in a sunday morning.
Or MAKING a cake.
Cake = machen. Abstract action = tun.
Hope someone can help me clarify this or correct me in case I'm wrong.
I feel like "must" must be included (see?) in the choices along with "have to".
Is there really such a difference between using "it" and "that" in English? Is "you must do that yourself" wrong here?
"You must do that yourself" was incorrect. If you hover over 'es' it says it / that. Thoughts?
It's interesting that, it's "selbst' for first person, and "selben" for plural. I would expect 'selbe' for first person, "selbst" for second, and "selben" for plural, as for verbs. I guess I thought there was a pattern.