https://www.duolingo.com/Elliot-M

Confusing sentence

Hello people, just reading through random German sentences and came across this....

"So schaffst Du Dir Dein eigenes Leben"

which apparently translates to...

"so you can create your own life"

what is with the du and Dir here in this sentence, why do you need both?

Thanks

August 10, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/MarshaMellow
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In English you could say "So you can create for yourself your own life." That is what I think the dir is doing here. Is there maybe a native German speaker who can confirm/clarify?

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Elliot-M

so Dir = for yourself ?

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/RedAngel666

Hi Elliot, you could say so. Do you know the game Jeopardy? You can "play" that with your german sentences. It sounds stupid but it can help.

Let´s take your sentence "So schaffst Du Dir Dein eigenes Leben" Was schaffst Du Dir? Ein eigenes Leben. Wem schaffst du ein eigenes Leben? Dir.

greez Angel

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/david3dd
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Reflexive Pronouns

Accusative Singular 1st: mich (myself) Singular 2nd: dich (yourself) Singular 3rd: sich (himself, herself, itself) Plural 1st: uns (ourselves) Plural 2nd: euch (yourselves) Plural 3rd: sich (themselves)

Dative Singular 1st: mir ([for/to/with] myself) Singular 2nd: dir ([for/to/with] yourself) Singular 3rd: sich ([for/to/with] himself, herself, itself) Plural 1st: uns ([for/to/with] ourselves) Plural 2nd: euch ([for/to/with] yourselves) Plural 3rd: sich ([for/to/with] themselves)

August 10, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/david3dd
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Reflexive Pronouns

Accusative

Singular 1st: mich (myself)

Singular 2nd: dich (yourself)

Singular 3rd: sich (himself, herself, itself)

Plural 1st: uns (ourselves)

Plural 2nd: euch (yourselves)

Plural 3rd: sich (themselves)

Dative

Singular 1st: mir ([for/to/with] myself)

Singular 2nd: dir ([for/to/with] yourself)

Singular 3rd: sich ([for/to/with] himself, herself, itself)

Plural 1st: uns ([for/to/with] ourselves)

Plural 2nd: euch ([for/to/with] yourselves)

Plural 3rd: sich ([for/to/with] themselves)

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August 10, 2017
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