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"Die Milch steht auf dem Tisch."

Translation:The milk is on the table.

November 21, 2017



How come one of the options for "Steht" in this question is "Written on"?


one of the meanings of stehen, in this case 'be present in a specific place in written or printed form' + preposition auf = 'on'


Can we just say "Die Milch ist auf dem Tisch"?


Can the "auf" come at the end of the sentence?


No, it can't. ‘Auf’ and other prepositions can go at the end of the sentence when acting as separable prefixes for a verb (for example ‘ich stehe auf’, ‘I stand up’, from the separable verb ‘aufstehen’). Here ‘auf’ is acting as a preposition, introducing ‘Tisch’.

To illustrate the point in English, think of the different ways ‘in’ acts in ‘I stood in for him’ (‘in’ isn't introducing a noun, it's just part of the phrasal verb ‘to stand in (for s/o)’) and ‘I am standing in the room’ (‘in’ is a preposition introducing ‘the room’).

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