https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020

Are these sentences correct? Wenn ich viel Geld hätte, _________.

I did a "Wenn ich viel Geld hätte" game thing, and I want to know if these are correct. Please correct :D

Wenn ich viel Geld hätte, würde ich eine Weltreise machen.

Wenn ich eine Weltreise machen würde, wäre ich nach Deutschland fliegen.

Wenn ich nach Deutschland gefliegen wäre, würde ich zum Oktoberfest fahren.

Wenn ich zum Oktoberfest fahren wäre, würde ich in Bayern gewesen sein.

Wenn ich in Bayern gewesen wäre, besuchte ich Schloß Neuschwanstein und München.

October 1, 2017

16 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ikwilvertalen

Here it goes:

  • Wenn ich viel Geld hätte, würde ich eine Weltreise machen. (Correct!)
  • Wenn ich eine Weltreise machen würde, würde ich nach Deutschland fliegen.
  • Wenn ich nach Deutschland geflogen wäre, wäre ich zum Oktoberfest gefahren. oder Wenn ich nach Deutschland fliegen würde, würde ich zum Oktoberfest fahren. (Couple things to note here: you are mixing the conditional perfect and the conditional - both parts should be in the same tense/mood. The first option means "If I had flown to Germany, I would have gone to Oktoberfest", the second option means "If I went to Germany, I would go to Oktoberfest". My guess is that the second option is what you're looking for since that would be more in line with the previous sentences. Also note that "zum Oktoberfest fahren" means more "to drive/travel to Oktoberfest", so maybe "gehen" would be more suitable for what you mean.
  • Wenn ich zum Oktoberfest gefahren wäre, wäre ich in Bayern gewesen. oder Wenn ich zum Oktoberfest fahren würde, wäre ich in Bayern. (Again, mixing conditional perfect and conditional, so it should either be: first: "If I had driven/travelled to Oktoberfest, I would have been in Bavaria" or second: "If I travelled to Oktoberfest, I would be in Bavaria")
  • Wenn ich in Bayern gewesen wäre, hätte ich das Schloss Neuschwanstein und München besucht. oder Wenn ich in Bayern wäre, würde ich das Schloss Neuschwanstein und München besuchen. (Once again, mixing the moods/tenses, so it would either be first: "If I had been in Bavaria, I would have visited Neuschwanstein Castle and Munich" or second "If I were in Bavaria, I would visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Munich". Also note that since the last spelling reform, "Schloss" is spelled with a double-s instead of an ß because it has a short vowel sound, not a long one).

Good effort! The main recurring problem is mixing up the conditional ("If I had money, I would...") and the conditional perfect ("If I had had money, I would have...")

Also, remember that "wäre" is the conditional (technically, Konjunktiv II) form of "sein", so you can't combine "wäre" with the infinitive, it has to be "wäre" and the past participle. Similar to how in the present tense, you can't say "Ich bin fahren", you can't say "Ich wäre fahren" - only "Ich bin gefahren" and "Ich wäre gefahren".

In all the situations above where I gave two options, I would say that the second option is probably the one you mean, since you start off by saying what you would do if you had a lot of money (a hypothetical situation from the present or future), not what you would have done if you had had a lot of money (a hypothetical situation about the past).

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Why aren't people upvoting good answers? I don't think a lot of new people know the import of this.

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sesed123

I agree

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020

Dankeschön! Das hilft mir sehr. Das werde ich benutzen und mehr schreiben.

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ikwilvertalen

Bitte schön! Ich kann Ihnen natürlich helfen, wenn Sie noch weitere Fragen haben!

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020

Ich habe eine andere Frage :

So I think I've realized something.

There are two forms to say this. Würde, or the inflected form of the verb.

For instance:

Wenn ich würde mit den lokalen Leuten sprechen, verbesserte mein Deutsch. VS . Wenn ich mit den lokalen Leuten spräche, verbesserte mein Deutsch.

And would there be crossovers between the two clauses above? (Like first clause first sentence and second clause second sentence combined into one sentence)

And when else would the subjuctive 2 be used? Can you give a sentence or two of each example?

Tut mir leid, wenn das zu viel ist. . . . . Ich bin doch sehr neugierig :D

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Bob20020 - Your first sentence means If I would talk to the local people, my German improved. This doesn't make sense.

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020

So what would an alternative be?

Wenn ich mit den lokalen Leuten spräche, würde mein Deutsch sich verbessern?

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

Bob20020 - Do you want it to be a question? Your sentence "Wenn ich mit den lokalen Leuten spräche, würde mein Deutsch sich verbessern?" means, When I talk to the local people, would my German improve? I am learning German like you so I hope to be corrected if I am wrong. Try again. ;-)

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/gSY55q97

"Wenn ich nach Deutschland gefliegen wäre..." is not correct, ikwilvertalen. Please write: "Wenn ich nach Deutschland geflogen wäre..."

October 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sesed123

I agree you are right now give me a lingot

October 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/cluney2

So if I was talking about past it would be. Ich hätte gegessen. But present is Ich habe gegessen. Ja?

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN

"Ich habe gegessen" means I have eaten. Ich esse gerade means I am eating. Or just, Ich esse, I eat.

October 3, 2017
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