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Nominative and Accusative

So, I have just picked German and I was going through the lesson's theory and I read that because of the complex case system that German has, it is possible to change the sentence order. I'd like to know if this sentence is also possible:

-- Einen Apfel isst der Mann. (instead of Der Mann isst einen Apfel)

Would it work given that 'einen' marks the object position?

Thanks in advance.

September 1, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/MaxBabel

Yes that is perfectly correct. Just remember the verb has to be the second element. If the subject isn't first, it has to be third.

Putting something other than the subject at the start of the sentence gives it emphasis. In your example the man eats an apple and not say a potato.

September 1, 2017

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Thank you so much, Max. I truly appreciate it!

September 1, 2017
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