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"Bitte erklären Sie, warum Sie nicht kommen können."

Translation:Please explain why you cannot come.

March 22, 2014

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

can I also use "wieso" for "warum" here or not?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S851648

Yes, those two are pretty much interchangeable.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnthonyTom770856

Uh i have to vacuum my pool


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

Good, now Duo just has to teach us how to make excuses in German! :P


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

So why doesn't "could" work here?


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

That is the preterite. Bitte erklären Sie, warum Sie nicht kommen konnten.


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

So when presented with the German sentence, how do I know it's not, "Please explain to them why they can't come?" Because i thought in a recent exercise the 'to' in 'to them' was not necessary, and I'm still confused on that. For example, how would i say, "please explain to me, why i can't come?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S851648

"Please explain to them why they can't come" = "Bitte erklären Sie ihnen, warum sie nicht kommen können." "Please explain to me why I can't come" = "Bitte erklären Sie mir, warum ich nicht kommen kann."

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