"Meine Freunde und ich konnten uns nicht entscheiden."

Translation:My friends and I could not decide.

February 22, 2013



I had 'ourselves' on the end of this, which I thought was the purpose of 'uns' here (to add emphasis) and this was not accepted..... Was i mistaken?

February 22, 2013


Duolingo's translation is correct. "uns" doesn't add emphasis here. It's part of the verb "sich entscheiden".


February 22, 2013


A section on reflexive verbs would help us I think! I'm guessing them from my past knowledge of French. . .but I bet they're different!

September 10, 2013


Yeah, the French helped me with this too. As annoying as it is, I still appreciate that duolingo introduces new concepts before we learn them in a lesson. It always keeps you on your toes and shows that you have more to learn

October 5, 2013


Thanks. Since I've seen entsheiden elsewhere here used without the reflexive sich-form (and, if i recall rightly, without an object), would there exist a nuance in this case putting the emphasis more, as in the translation in the link you provided, on making up one's mind, whilst entsheiden by itself drawing attention rather to the decision itself?

February 22, 2013



I think this link explains it thoroughly :)

February 16, 2016


Thanks for posting that url. The information there is very helpful!

July 5, 2016


what's the difference between 'könnten' and 'konnten', they both mean 'could' so when do I use each one?

June 19, 2013


Konnten is the past tense of können while könnten is the subjunctive mood for können.

This page is helpful for understanding the subjunctive:


June 20, 2013


'könnten' describes a theoretical possibility (They could not decide if ...). 'konnten' describes a real possibility, so it really happend. The sentence 'Meine Freunde könnten sich entscheiden' is implying that they really could NOT decide, because of the weather or whatever. The sentence could continue like "... aber es regnete" [but it rained] or "falls sie zuhören" [if they listen]. The sentence 'Meine Freunde konnten sich entscheiden' means that they really decided. I hope this explanation helped.

June 25, 2014


What is the purpose of uns in this sentence?

November 30, 2013


Why is it meine Freunde not meinen Freunde... I thought the plural was always en ending?

July 11, 2014


The plural 'mein' always ends in 'e'.

July 14, 2014


Could you also say "My friends and I cannot decide?"

November 16, 2014


No, it is in the past tense, so you have to write "couldn't".

November 16, 2014


Duo teaches us that the simple past tense is basically never used and that the perfect is preferred instead. Why is that not the case here, then?

February 26, 2016


Does sich entscheiden have anything to do with make up one's mind?

February 12, 2019


'entscheiden' vs 'entschieden' is very confusing!

June 23, 2019
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