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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rkaup

"Er sieht den Bau."

February 26, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yaliyev

yes, it is accepted now


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rkaup

How about "He sees the construction site?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germandy

I think "construction" is fine; construction site would be "Baustelle", don't you think?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatriciaJH

Yes, it's one of the meanings given in Langenscheidt; Baustelle is given as an equivalent meaning.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pctrollbreath

Does this mean that the sees a construction/building, or something being constructed/built or is this interchangeable based on context?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Germandy

I believe it could be both, a building in progress or a building that has already been finished.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatriciaJH

Yes, Langenscheidt agrees.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amitdatta

He is seeing the construction. Why is that wrong!?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hutcho66

To see is a non-progressive verb, meaning you can't switch 'see' with 'seeing' like you can with 'eat' for example


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sabanerox

Bauen= To Build // Bau= Construction... it makes sense


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geteilt

So can anyone tell me how you would use Bauen as a command in Second Person informal?

I thought you just dropped the -en so it would become "Bau", the same as 'construction' Seems confusing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hutcho66

Yep, 'Bau jetzt!' or 'Baue jetzt' would be 'Build now'. It's not necessarily confusing, many words in English and German are both nouns and verbs depending on usage...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geteilt

True, very true. I suppose it all comes down to context


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/r_10

Can someone please explain why is becomes "den" Bau? I don't fully understand this! Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nadgerz

Bau is in the accusative case here and for 'der' words, that changes to 'den'. And don't worry, all this will slowly come and become second nature. But it does mean you have to learn the der/die/das and plural with each noun. It sounds a pain, but in the long run it really helps.

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