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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todd.L

I thought that we were friends

Are both correct:

  1. ich dachte, wir wären Freunde.

  2. ich dachte, dass wir Freunde wären.

Thanks to EilliottofRivia, I now understand the importance of commas. See: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26572354

March 15, 2018

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

yup both correct. in the second version you forgot the comma though.: "ich dachte, dass wir Freunde wären."

second version is a little more formal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Todd.L

Great. And thanks for the correction. I'm still uncertain on how to use the comma. You comment helped a lot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

commas in german language are quite complicated, even for native speakers. but it is importent since sometimes a wrong set or forgotten comma can change the hole meaning of the the sentence.

ex: wir essen jetzt, Opa : granpa, we are going to eat now.

wir essen jetzt Opa. : we are eating granpa now.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kay.lee.831

definitely wouldn't want to say that :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/az_p
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    I suppose seien would also work in place of wären in both examples, using Konjunktiv I?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

    yes it would work, but it is rarely used in this context. especially not in spoken form. so if the konjunktiv I is used here, it is mostly in written form like in a letter for example.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JackMorton-Howe

    we are not freind you creep


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BLRT2000

    I've seen a couple of your posts. I like guessing the sentence in German before actually reading it. I was right today! Thanks for posting.

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