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"Mag ich die Ente?"

Translation:Do I like the duck?

February 25, 2013



A question we all must ask ourselves at one point in our lives. "Do I like the duck? "


"do you like the duck?" should be better, why does somebody have to ask themselves whether they like st or not??


It could be an answer built as a rhetorical question to an inquiry.

"Do you like ducks?"

"Do I like ducks? Why, yes. Yes I do."


Also the structure is the same when referring to someone else. Magst du die Ente?


How would I know this is a question without the text? Could this just be an odd way of phrasing "I like the duck"


In questions, subject and verb are inverted.

  • declarative: Ich mag die Ente.

  • interrogative: Mag ich die Ente?


Danke. Very helpful, also, I like that. Very efficient.


I agree with zwatts. In the audio, the female voice doesn't sound like a question at all - it is surely the intonation for a statement.

Plus, I saw this order in a Goethe's poem:

Sah ein Knab' ein Röslein stehn


Only if it's name is Howard.


This one really threw me. Not only was it the first exposure to a question like this, but it is a strange thing to ask in general. Why would you ask someone else whether or not you like a duck? Maybe something like "Do you eat duck" or "Can I drink beer" would have been better.


Where did the Do part come from. I translated it as "I like the duck?" which make no sense as a question.


German doesn't use do-support. See my previous comment.


One clue is the question mark and the verb came before ich. The "Do" makes sense for English translation of this question.

(As for when would I use this sentence...trying to make a decision at the grocers or if you were deciding which picture of a duck you might use to illustrate an animation. Context makes it sensible.)


One thing that is confusing about this sentence is the inflection when pronounced by the computer --- I feel like there should be an upward inflection near the "die Ente" part indicating a question.


Ich weiß nicht. Magst du?


canard rôti... (o:


Birds of a feather....


It is not clear to me in the statement: Mag ich die Ente? that it implies: Do you like the duck? I wrote, I like the duck, which was wrong. I'm confused. In a sentence that is a question, what's the trigger to know when you add "do I, or, do you" at the start of it?


No, "Mag ich die Ente?" doesn't mean "Do you like the duck?"; it means "Do I like the duck?". Plus, the task is to translate the sentence, not to answer them.

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