"Sie hat ihren Sohn und ihren Mann allerdings seit über zehn Jahren nicht mehr gesehen."

February 11, 2013


As a native speaker I can say that order of words is awkward although not outright wrong. I would prefer to be taught elegant German and not just "not incorrect" German. Solution one: omit the "allerdings" - the sentence is long anyway. Solution two: Allerdings hat sie ihren Sohn und ihren Mann seit über ...

February 11, 2013

As a native speaker, I would use duo's example exactly like that within a longer anecdote about some woman. 'allerdings' in the middle of the sentence works fine.

'Morgen koche ich uns Spaghetti. Ich weiß allerdings noch nicht, was es übermorgen gibt.'

February 12, 2013

Yes and no. German has a very flexible sentence structure. Therefore the sentence is not wrong. If you place the "allerdings" in the middle of the sentence it usually would be placed right after the conjugated verb: Sie hat allerdings ihren Sohn und ihren Mann seit ... This is what you did in your your example: Ich weiß allerdings nocht nicht ...

February 12, 2013

I counter-checked your explanation in my head and it seems to be a rule indeed. But for this very example: replace allerdings with 'trotzdem schon' for (maybe a bad) example and I would put it in the same place in duo's example. I find it appropriate, but that might just be my sprachgefühl and in that case you might very well ignore my enquiry.

February 12, 2013

She has certainly not seen her son and her husband in over ten years. - Is that acceptable?

March 27, 2013

I don't think so, I would never go that long without seeing my family..

May 24, 2013

Why is "allerdings" used here (definition given is "absolutely"), and not "jedoch" ("however")?

April 10, 2013

What role does "seit" play here?

April 23, 2013

"Seit" is used in German as "for", like "I've been living in Germany for two years" = "Ich lebe in Deutschland seit zwei Jahre".

Otherwise it means "since".

April 25, 2013

Olimo, thanks!

April 26, 2013
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