"Schildkröten leben länger als Katzen."

Translation:Turtles live longer than cats.

February 26, 2018



Improve your sound quality. It is not good

March 24, 2018


The first word was very unclear even in the slow version!

March 8, 2018


Schildkröte = Shield toad

March 22, 2018


Yeah but cats have nine lives

February 26, 2018


That avatar picture of yours is worring.

April 13, 2019



April 13, 2019


And tortoises usually only have one, which is why they tend to lead shorter lives, not longer....!

April 28, 2019


why is "turtles are living longer than cats" incorrect?

April 2, 2018


Alice853723: It is exactly the same as “turtles live longer than cats“ and should be accepted!

October 17, 2018


While I am a native English speaker, I'm no English major so I'll try to explain my thoughts on this as succinctly as possible.

For most other translations of German verbs to English, I would agree. You would be able to use both the present simple and present continuous and it would mean the same thing. "I walk to the park." vs "I am walking to the park."

However, this sentence is a bit different. The best way I can think of to describe it is as a declarative statement. It's not talking about a specific set of turtles and cats. Instead, it's making a matter-of-fact statement about all turtles and cats that has no past, present or future. It just is.

For are living to make sense to me, it would require some auxiliary info or definite articles.

  • "The turtles are living longer than the cats."

  • "Turtles are living longer than cats these days."

You'll notice I didn't include indefinite articles (and it's not because the nouns used are plural). The following sentence might be grammatically correct, but is logically incorrect.

  • "A turtle is living longer than a cat."

Instead, you would say:

  • "A turtle lives longer than a cat."

Unfortunately, the only examples of this type of sentence that I can think of off-hand outside the given sentence come from the infinitive "to be". This makes it harder to explain because present continuous uses some variation of "to be" as well. I wanted to give some examples, but I feel they might detract from the message and convolute things.

December 11, 2018


This sentence doesn't make much sense

December 28, 2018


Das macht mich traurig.

November 19, 2018


it is alittle hard

March 6, 2019


I can't hear any of this

April 7, 2019


Do Turtles Love longer than cats? as well :-) if cats have nine lives it may even out - turtles can mate for up to 12 hours - impressive https://seaturtleexploration.com/mating-and-dating-in-the-world-of-turtles/

June 12, 2019
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