Do these sentences emphasize differrently ?

What do you emphasize, when :

  • "Esst nicht im Bett,"
  • "Nicht im Bett essen," ?
September 11, 2016


No, the emphasize is the same. The difference lies in the addressee and the tone. "Esst nicht im Bett!" is used informally towards a group of people. "Nicht im Bett essen!" is used like a rule or advise, it does not say to whom this is directed.

I hope I could be of help.

September 11, 2016
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"Nicht im Bett essen" can also be a direct spoken order, not only a general rule (like those you would find on signs for example). But used orally it would sound quite annoyed and unfriendly without a "bitte".

September 12, 2016
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