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Question about the "Jäger" (Duolingo story)

The second and third parts of the story start respectively with the following paragraphs:

Zuvor… Kira ist zum Jagen in den Wald gegangen, um Essen für ihre Familie zu finden. Als sie gerade ein Reh erschießen wollte, fing es plötzlich an zu reden und hat sie gebeten, es am Leben zu lassen.

"Zuvor… Kira hat das Reh am Leben gelassen. Als sie nach Hause kam, haben ihre Schwestern sie angeschrien, weil sie nichts zu essen mitgebracht hat."

I am a bit confused about the verbal tenses: why are Präteritum and Perfekt mixed together? Is it ok to mix them when they represent simultaneous actions? Does it convey a different meaning?

So far, I've noticed that Präteritum is dominant in the written language. On the other hand, Perfekt is preferred in the spoken language, except for verbs like sein, haben and werden.

I am sorry if my post sounds annoying or like I am making a big deal out of nothing, but I am just genuinely curious.

March 30, 2018



It looks strange to me. I mean, it's just a Duolingo story, not a novella; but in a book (or any written tale) only Präteritum would be used, plus Plusquamperfekt for things that happened earlier: "Kira kam ohne Essen nach Hause, weil sie das Reh [zuvor] nicht getötet hatte." "Kira came home without food, because she had not killed the roe deer [earlier]."

In spoken language, Präteritum and Perfekt can get mixed up at will, generally Perfekt is more common. If I read the story as if somebody told it to me (orally), I wouldn't think it's strange at all. (But in reality it does look strange, because it is written down, not spoken.)


Vielen Dank für die Antwort!


I totally agree. This is not how I would have written it.


not annoying, now that you've mentioned it, I'd like to know the answer too.

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