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"At the kiosk, you can buy beer at night."

Translation:Am Kiosk kann man nachts Bier kaufen.

December 9, 2017



Why does "nachts" come before "Bier"?


''Am Kiosk können Sie nachts Bier kaufen.'' Surely this is right with a slightly different meaning. The English sentence does not say ...one can buy beer...!


I have the same meaning. “Am Kiosk können Sie nachts Bier kaufen“ is correct and should be accepted!


And I put "konnt ihr nachts Bier kaufen" and it was not accepted. There's no way of knowing whether they mean the impersonal you or the personal you (plural formal, plural familiar, or singular).


"Am Kiosk kannst du Bier in der Nacht kaufen" should be accepted, right?


"kannst du" - definitely yes.

"in der Nacht" - not sure, because while it's not wrong, "nachts" is the word Duo should teach you here, because that's the normal wording. (cf.: "in the night" doesn't sound as correct as "at night".)


Should "beim Kiosk" also be accepted?


Sounds fine to me.

Sometimes you can shift these prepositions around a bit; generally it tends to work like this:

When you buy something "at a tradesperson's", you need to use "beim Bäcker / Metzger / Klempner / Friseur" ("at the baker's / butcher's / plumber's / hairdresser's").

When you buy it "at a business", it's "in der Bäckerei / der Metzgerei" ("at the bakery / butcher's shop"), "im Kaufhaus / Bauernladen" ("at the department store / farmers' shop [a place that sells products of local farmers]".

Then there's "am Kiosk" and "an der Tankstelle" ("at the gas station"); to me it feels like these refer to the location/building itself.

When you buy it at an "event", it's "auf dem Markt / der Messe / der Kirchweih" (at the market / trade fair / country fair).


Why is "Du kannst Bier am Kiosk nachts kaufen'' marked wrong? Suppose I am telling my friend where she could buy it and when.


"Nachts" needs to come before "am Kiosk," following the typical adverb order of time-manner-place. (So "nachts," a time, comes before "am Kiosk," a place.) "Bier" should also go at the end, as nouns often come after adverbs. So "Du kannst nachts am Kiosk Bier kaufen."


Thanks, Copernicus. Duolingo is starting my German course over again nd took away my progess and 123 day streak. How can I retrieve it please?


As is often the case, Duo is not providing context so that one knows whether the sentence refers to a specific "you" or a general "you," the latter translating into English as "one," while the former translates as "you."


Why isn't it accepting "können Sie" as a correct answer? Why is "Am Kiosk können Sie nachts Bier kaufen" incorrect?


If german sentence structure is based on 'time manner place', why is 'Am Kiosk (place) brought to the front? Should it not be (or could it be) Nachts, kann man am Kiosk Bier kaufen?


That's also a possible translation. Time-manner-place only applies to the adverbs after the verb. You can bring any adverb (or adverbial phrase) you want to that first position before the verb.


Does "Am Kiosk kannst du in der Nacht Bier kaufen" really mean the same thing?


What's wrong with putting Bier before nachts?


"Im Kiosk kannst du Bier in der Nacht kaufen." Incorrect?


Im Kiosk kannst du am Nacht bier Kaufen


'Nacht' is feminine so you have to use 'der'.


And in addition, you say "in der Nacht," not "an."


what is the difference between einkaufen and kaufen? "einkaufen" was not accepted here.


what is wrong with ending the phrase with "einkaufen"? Duo rejected it.


For the life of me I cannot figure out the clauses and when verbs move to the end.


I answered in German with the version given as correct by the program. This was marked as wrong. An answer written in English was entered as the 'correct' answer. This is not well done.


Further to my comment of about four minutes ago, I gave up on giving an answer in German and entered one in English. The English answer was rejected too. The program did not like my syntax and rejected my answer. (I am a native speaker of English and hold, among others, a degree in English from an English university.) This is just frustrating and really rather pointless.


is there a general rule about when to use an and when to use auf? Why is it "Am Kiosk" "and not Auf dem Kiosk"?

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