https://www.duolingo.com/Bruno.DiStefano

Position of words in a sentence

I am doing the reverse tree (English from German) and I am learning a lot.

In German from English when pressing "Strengthen" I move to a screen that says: "Complete a lesson that includes words you've learned". In English from German when pressing "Stärker" I move to a screen that says: "Hier kannst Du eine Lektion mit Wörtern die Du schon gelernt hast machen" (more or less literally but still intelligibly "Here you can make a lesson with words you have already learned"). The actual literal translation is: "Here can you a lesson with words that you already learnt have make" (i.e. "Here you can make a lesson with words you have already learnt").

My question is: Does the Duolingo German order of words convey some additional meaning? Is it a matter of usage? If I were to attempt linguistic parsing building a sentence diagram what would I obtain? Is there an advantage visiting a linguistic tree build in such a way?

Thank you.

July 14, 2017

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MaxBabel

I think you have to at least mentally parse a sentence like this until it just becomes natural to you.

I don't see anything unusual about the word order of this sentence. The only 'alternative' word order used is to start with 'Hier'. That gives 'hier' more emphasis. If they had started with the subject, 'hier' would have to be way at the end between 'hast' and 'machen' where it would kind of get lost.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bruno.DiStefano

Thanks.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bruno.DiStefano

Thanks.

July 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pentaan

My question is: Does the Duolingo German order of words convey some additional meaning? Is it a matter of usage? If I were to attempt linguistic parsing building a sentence diagram what would I obtain? Is there an advantage visiting a linguistic tree build in such a way

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July 14, 2017
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