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"Wir fehlen den Tieren."

February 18, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kefienzel

How is fehlen "missed" in this instance?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexht

It's a participle (or gerund?) so that it is like an adjective. The present tense is taken by the "are".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdgomezm

what exactly is the subject here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Menschenkind

'Wir' is the subject, 'fehlen' is the verb, 'den Tieren' is a dative object.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SpotXSpot

Is this like a passive voice verb?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexht

It's not actually passive, because its intransitive. But it is like gefallen.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

Is there no reason why den Tieren must be a dative object other than fehlen requires it?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lexht

There's an implied to/by, if that's the sort of reason you want?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

Yeah I suppose so, thanks.

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