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"We are helping."

Translation:Wir helfen.

August 12, 2017



Just curious - why was this in the dative pronouns section?


Because helfen is a verb that requires an object in the dative case.

Most "grammar" units also introduce some new vocabulary and may have some practice sentences that drill that new vocabulary, both in connection with the new grammar and without.

This, then, is a sentence with a new word but no new grammar.


Why not the answer is "Wir sind helfen"


Because German doesn't form its tenses like English does. In fact, there is no present continuous tense in German. English is the only Germanic language which does this.

'Wir helfen' means both 'we help' and 'we are helping', depending on context.


Clear now, many thanks!

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