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

"Das sind doch keine normalen Äpfel!"

February 18, 2013

5 Comments


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

Who says 'Those are no normal apples' these days?? I said 'Those are not normal apples' and got it wrong.

February 18, 2013

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

In English, using "no" this way instead of "not" is not uncommon. It does add a certain emphasis.

"Those are not normal apples"--They're off the standard. I don't like their looks.

"Those are no normal apples" = "Those apples are weird!"

March 19, 2013

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

To me it just sounds old-fashioned, and I would never say it that way. Regardless, I have no problem with 'Those are no normal apples' being an accepted answer, as long as 'Those are not normal apples' is accepted as well.

March 20, 2013

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

I agree with Soglio, sounds fine.

That said, it seems like Duo erroneously wants to translation the word 'doch', which is why neither 'no normal' (the answer I put) nor 'are not normal' are accepted, but rather 'Those just (who knows where the just came from) aren't normal apples'.

March 20, 2013

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

But these are not normal apples!

March 11, 2013
Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.