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erträumen and träumen?

what is the difference?

September 9, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/hannah.theresa

Well, träumen is more about dreaming while sleeping while erträumen is about wishing for something e.g. Sie hatte sich immer ein großes Haus erträumt (She has always dreamed of having a big house). In my opinion erträumen sounds a bit old though and you can use träumen in the sense of wishing for something as well :)

September 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Heike333145

you can use träumen in the sense of wishing for something as well

I agree, but it is important to note that the structure of the sentence is different then.

Sie hatte sich immer ein großes Haus erträumt.

= Sie hatte immer von einem großen Haus geträumt.
Better: Sie hatte immer davon geträumt, ein großes Haus zu besitzen.

("Sie hatte von einem großen Haus geträumt" would normally mean that she had seen the house in her dreams while sleeping, whereas the third sentence makes it clear that she had been longing for that house.)

September 9, 2017
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