"Ich bin meinem Freund verpflichtet."

Translation:I am committed to my friend.

February 13, 2013



Why is the conjugation verpflichtet used?

September 24, 2013


because it is used as an Adjective not a verb

September 28, 2013


most adverbs are usually in past tense thus this is from the past tense form of verb

September 18, 2014


Would "I have an obligation to my friend" also be correct?

March 13, 2014


not "zu meinem"?

February 13, 2013


Unfortunately, prepositions are so different from a language to another, you cannot find perfect replacements... In general, Dativ case already contains in it the information of somebody who is "receiving" the action, then in many cases the preposition must not be used. To be clearer... I tell a joke(to) you Ich sage dir (Dativ) einen Scherz (Akkusativ).

I am not native, but maybe I can help you, in case send me a message, I will do my best to help, I will study with you!

February 20, 2013


Perfect explaination. We can tell "meinem" is dativ because of the 'm' on the end. And if we know "meinem" is dativ, the one word alone is all that's needed to communicate "to my". In English the word "my" is no different if we use in dativ, so we have to add the prepostion "to".

Also, I love how German sentences, when translated literally into English, can sometimes sound like "Ye Olde English": I am to my friend committed.

June 19, 2013



January 24, 2015


The dative implies a "to".

July 29, 2013


Is the tooltip for "verpflichtet" flipping out for anybody else? It would flicker for me when I hovered the mouse over it.

June 4, 2014


I think it's an issue of sentences that take multiple lines - any word you hover over on the second line tends to have that problem. Seems like a bug with Duo in general.

July 20, 2014


Yes, the audio goes crazy and you can't see the English word. (reported)

August 15, 2014


By any chance could "verpflichtet" comes before "meinem Freund", like "Ich bin verplichtet meinem Freund"?

July 16, 2014


I don't think it that will work. One way you can switch the sentence, I believe, is: Verpflichtet bin ich meinem Freund.

July 16, 2014


Is that because the dative term should be next to the verb?

July 16, 2014


Not sure why "I have a duty to my friend" would be wrong?

October 31, 2014


Is "verplichte" a dative verb? Thanks!

January 18, 2014


"Verplichte", as I think, is a participle form of "Verplichen" - which would mean "(to) commit" I guess.

Usually participle forms begin or contain the particle "ge", however, there are some exceptions (like this one!).

February 2, 2014


Thanks for your help. It makes sense now!

February 4, 2014


I wrote "I am obliged by my friend." and it's marked wrong!

March 17, 2014


because that is not right. It would be "I am obliged to my friend"

April 9, 2019


Uh, I thought it was saying "I am my committed friend" because I didn't realize verpflichtet was a verb...lol

March 18, 2014


Would 'I owe my friend' be a good translation here?

July 22, 2014


Is there a reason 'I am devoted to my friend' is wrong?

July 27, 2014


Is "verpflichtet" at the end of the sentence because it is the second verb?

October 29, 2014


In normal main sentences (Hauptsätze) the non-conjugated part of the verb goes to the end.

I am not German, but I am pretty sure about it. :)

  • Ich habe einen Apfel gegessen
  • Ich werde Dich morgen anrufen
  • Der Hauptsatz ist mit dem Nebensatz verbunden

(I hope I didn't make any mistake in the examples!!!)

October 29, 2014


No, it is an adjective

May 25, 2019


Couldn't it be "I owe my (boy)friend a favor"?

January 24, 2016


Samwise Gamgee, is that you?

May 12, 2018


Why is the word for "committed" last in word order?

May 28, 2018


Here is a good link on word order in German. You need to look at the section on placement of predicate adjectives and dative nouns in the predicate (para. A.I.e & f). In brief, the "verbal idea" they refer to is in this exercise verpflichet sein in which case the adjective goes at the end, whereas the dative noun goes shortly after the verb rather than at the end.


May 25, 2019


Why is "I am dedicated to my friend." wrong?

July 1, 2019
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