"Warum trinkst du nichts?"

Translation:Why don't you drink anything?

November 12, 2017

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Sindhu433685

Why "anything" is playing significance here... It could be just - " why don't you drink ? "

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

No.

That would be a translation of Warum trinkst du nicht?, but the German sentence to be translated is Warum trinkst du nichts?.

Note the distinction between nicht "not" (no -s at the end) and nichts "nothing, not anything" (with -s at the end).

December 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

I gave the answer as "why do you not drink?" It didnt pass that and said the answer was "why do you not drink a thing". urgh

August 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

The German sentence ends in nichts "nothing; not ... anything", not in nicht "not".

August 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrenButler

Why is this wrong?

"Why aren't you drinking anything?"

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Bigfella88

yeah I put "Why are you not drinking?" which is pretty much the same thing but wrong too :(

April 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

You seem to be mixing up nicht "not" and nichts "not ... anything".

April 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

"Why aren't you drinking anything?" is one of the accepted translations, so if you got an error message, I don't know what might have happened.

Did you have a listening exercise, perhaps, rather than a translation exercise? Did you make a screenshot of the result page showing the question, your answer, and the error message?

March 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BrenButler

No, I did not take a screenshot. Next time I have a problem like this I will make sure to make a screenshot, thanks for the suggestion.

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

Next time I have a problem like this I will make sure to make a screenshot

Excellent! That's helpful.

Thanks :)

March 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sr9yar

Can somebody translate "why don't you drink?" and "why don't you drink anything?" to demonstrate the defference in the german phrase? I see how the English phrases differ, but what about the German equivalent.

May 17, 2019, 9:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
  • Why don't you drink? = Warum trinkst du nicht?
  • Why don't you drink anything? = Warum trinkst du nichts?
May 18, 2019, 6:09 AM
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