"Das sind doch keine normalen Äpfel!"

February 18, 2013


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

February 18, 2013

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

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

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

But these are not normal apples!

March 11, 2013
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