"When she eats, I drink."

Translation:Wenn sie isst, trinke ich.

October 1, 2017

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cant i use wann?


Wann means when in reference to time. Eg "Wann essen wir?" "When do we eat?" Wenn is more conditional, and can also mean "if". The above sentence could also be rendered "If she eats, I drink."

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That is kind of what I gathered.


I answered it as "Wenn... ich trinke" not "Wenn... trinke ich" and got marked wrong. Why is the subject and verb reversed in German?


The verb has to be in the second position in a main clause, e.g. Jetzt trinke ich.

In this sentence, the first position is filled not by an adverb such as jetzt but by a subordinate clause wenn sie isst. But the verb still has to come right after that in order to be in the second position.

So the subject and verb are reversed here because there is something else (not the subject) before the verb already.

You can also put the subject first, in which case the subordinate clause has to come later: Ich trinke jetzt / Ich trinke, wenn sie isst.

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Wenn sie isst, trinke ich. How is the verb trinke in the 2nd place? I don't get that.


"Wenn sie isst" as a whole is the first position.


Why is it "trinke ich" and not "ich trinke"? Is the order important?


What about "frisst"? Sie frisst. Why is that uncorrect


What about "frisst"? Why is "sie frisst" uncorrect?

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