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Three Verbs + Past Tense

So we're learning about global warming in German in class, and I was wondering how you would use three verbs (past tense verb included), for example: I enjoyed learning about natural disasters. (with habe, gefallen and lernen)

Would it be: Ich habe Naturkatastrophen lernen darüber gefallen. (?)

We haven't quite learnt future tense yet, but if it is related to that, please let me know!

1 year ago

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That sounds a bit like homework you have to do, which of course I don’t want to do for you. But as a tip: gefallen works with a different sentence structure than English “like”: Its subject is the thing which is liked and the “liker” is a dative object. For example: “Das gefällt mir.” (I like that.) If it helps you, think of it as similar to “to please” (“it pleases me” etc.)

Does that help you?

1 year ago

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Yes it does! Thankyou so much.

1 year ago

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Technically, it would be something like this: Mir hat es gefallen, im Unterricht über Naturkatastrophen zu lernen. It sounds a bit weird, though. You would be more likely to say something like: Mir hat das Thema Naturkatastrophen im Unterricht (viel) Spaß gemacht.

1 year ago

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Thanks so much! I understand now that it's dative case which makes it less confusing, and that also explains why we've been taught to say "Mir geht's gut." instead of "Ich bin gut", which I never understood.

1 year ago

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Yes, in both sentences, the "es/'s" is actually the subject of the sentence, even though it is in the middle of the sentence and not at the beginning. You could also turn it around and say: "Es geht mir gut." and "Es hat mir gefallen." Maybe that also helps.

1 year ago