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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elliot-M

word order for "aber"

I've seen a lot of sentences where the word "aber " comes after the verb and was wondering if it changed meaning to the sentence.

for example... "ich verstehe aber nicht". Am I right to assume that this just means "but i don't understand"? or would it have different meaning to "aber ich verstehe nicht"

Thanks

March 1, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/drvdw

In "ich verstehe aber nicht", aber is functioning as an adverb meaning however or though. It could translate like:

I don't understand though.
However, I don't understand.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN
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Here is another good example: It's nice, though. Das ist aber schön.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Max.Em

Unfortunately I can't find any theory about this, I can just say that the meaning stays the same. Aber, jedoch, trotzdem, nur, nichtsdestotrotz and some other (coordinating) conjunctions (they all make a concession of some kind) can also be used like adverbs. No rule, just my observation....

Edit: cross-posted with drvdw....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzsuzsi

Here is a nice Youtube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Awhco_VHWE&t=48s

I am not sure whether she mentions aber, but "aber" in the sentence "Das ist aber schön" behaves similar to those other modal particles.

https://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/mis_04.html


[deactivated user]

    You get a Lingot for mentioning modal particles. "Ja" and "doch" are pretty easy to spot but its more difficult to know when "aber" or "mal" are functioning as modal particles.

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