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He sits down at the bar.

Er setzt sich an die Bar. Er sitzt an die Bar. Which is correct? both?

August 17, 2017

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He sits down at the bar: Er setzt sich an die Bar. (Transitive form of "setzen")

He is sitting down at the bar: Er sitzt an der Bar. (Intransitive form of "setzen")

The key here is that in the first sentence, the verb is transitive, i.e. it's performing an action on an object ("sich"). Once you understand that, you understand the following translation:

He is sitting himself down at the bar: Er setzt sich an die Bar.


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