"In the evening, Duo drinks wine from France with friends in his castle."

Translation:Am Abend trinkt Duo mit Freunden in seinem Schloss Wein aus Frankreich.

January 10, 2018



Can the "mit Freunden", "in seinem Schloss", and "Wein aus Frankreich" appear in a different order? For example, "Am Abend trinkt Duo Wein aus Frankreich mit Freunden in seinem Schloss."

January 17, 2018


Rearranging them wouldn't technically be wrong, but a native would almost always put them in that order.

German follows what's called "time-manner-place", and elements are usually in that order:

  • time: am Abend
  • manner: mit Freunden
  • place: in seinem Schloss

(Then the direct object, Wein, goes last. Aus Frankreich follows Wein because it directly modifies it. The friends and castle aren't from France.)

February 13, 2018


Thank you.

February 13, 2018


So, the "STOMP" (subject, time, object, manner, place) mnemonic that I learned recently is just wrong, then, and should be forgotten? The object (at least, a non-pronominal object) must always go after all adverbs/adverbial phrases?

July 6, 2018


Very helpful, thank you.

April 28, 2018


Yes, as soon as I saw this sentencee I thought, ah here is a Time-Manner-Place lesson. how did I remember that from 40 years ago!

October 25, 2018


I thought the same. Duolingo tells you in one of the dative (I think) lessons that word order can be changed around because the case is clear. Any help anyone?

January 22, 2018


Wow that one was tough, repeated it like 5 times. Word order in german is a real challenge. Got to keep studying it

January 10, 2018


German got a tiny bit easier for me when my high school German teacher insisted that German is a VISE:

  • Verb
  • Is
  • Second
  • Entry

(For a statement!)

He also drilled it into me that German is TMP: time-manner-place (see my reply to WitchDuck above).

February 13, 2018


It's totally easy, because all word orders are correct, if "trinkt" is in the second position. (Am Abend) (trinkt Duo) (mit Freunden) (in seinem Schloss) (Wein aus Frankreich). Okay, "Duo" should stand direct before or after the verb.

January 26, 2018


Easy for you doesn't mean easy for everyone. It was very difficult for me.

February 28, 2018


Shouldnt "Abends, trinkt Duo mit Freunden in seinem Schloss Wein aus Frankreich" be accpeted as well?

August 7, 2018


Sentences like this in the review REALLY frustrate me, because there's no explanation of them available. I do not understand German sentence order, and I'm not going to magically start because Duo keeps pounding away at throwing super complicated sentences at me. It makes this experience one of pure frustration.

September 9, 2018


Warum ist "Am Abend trinkt Duo Wein aus Frankreich mit Freunden in seinem Schloss" nicht richtig?

February 5, 2018


Good question.

February 11, 2018


Most of the sentence was already written - incorrectly - and I could not change it. What gives?

February 8, 2018


too many words were missing "Am" "trinkt" etc

May 3, 2019
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