Is "Der Mann mag nicht seine Mutter" incorrect, and if so why?
Well, the correct word order is generally "mag es nicht", not "mag nicht es". (This goes for any other verb as well.)
When is the second word order used, then? It's really confusing.
I got the same as you - I also use the Michel Thomas tapes which say that you can put the nicht where you like, but MJVA's answer also makes sense.
Why is it "Der Mann mag..." not magt?
there is not magt. only mag. http://www.vocabulix.com/conjugation/query_german.html?conjugation3,moegen,m%26%23246%3Bgen,_german_present
Oh, thank you.
Why mag and not magst
Because we are talking about "the man" so the er/sie/es conjugation form of mogen would be used which is mag.
Why is not "sein" Mutter instead of "seine"? Is that because of "Mutter" be a feminine word?
Right, "Mutter" is a feminine noun, so it needs to be "seine Mutter."
Thanks a lot!
Why isn't it Der Mann mag ihr Mutter nicht?
That would mean "The man does not like her mother." In German, "her" is "ihr" and his is "sein."
Oh oops! Thank you.
Yeeees!! Very good! That was my doubt!