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"Do you believe that television is bad for kids?"

Translation:Glauben Sie, dass Fernsehen schlecht für Kinder ist?

March 7, 2013

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

Glauben Sie, dass Fernsehen schlecht für Kinder ist?

I was wondering, apart from the loose translation, if here Fernsehen needed also das in front. Until two days ago I thought that verbs almost always needed "das" when they became nouns...

Then... Is "Glauben Sie, dass das Fernsehen schlecht für Kinder ist?" correct?


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

It's fine, but there's a slight (almost neglectable) difference in meaning.

  • Glauben Sie, dass Fernsehen schlecht für Kinder ist?

"Fernsehen" refers to the activity of watching TV.

  • Glauben Sie, dass das Fernsehen schlecht für Kinder ist?

"Fernsehen" refers to TV in general.


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

Thanks a lot! I will have to make more questions regarding infinitive verbs that become nouns, when I will see some other examples.

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