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Ich mag keine möbel vs Möbel mag er nicht

Hi all,

I've been practising the "negatives" chapter and I'm abit confused with the above.

Why can't we use "Er mag keine möbel" for "he does not like furniture" But, we can use "Ich mag keine möbel" for "I do not like furniture"?

March 30, 2018

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

actually you can use "Er mag keine Möbel". it would be far more common than "Möbel mag er nicht". ( for me as a native german speaker at least) does duolingo not accept it?

March 30, 2018

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Why can't we use "Er mag keine möbel" for "he does not like furniture" But, we can use "Ich mag keine möbel" for "I do not like furniture"?

If the sentences are as written here, then they are the same just with a different pronoun and should be accepted. If it's not report it with the button.

To your question in the title. "Möbel mag er nicht" has a slightly different connotation than "Er mag keine Möbel." In the first the subject is the furniture in the second it's him. So there is a slightly different focus. "Möbel mag er nicht" would be equivalent to "Furniture isn't liked by him."

If you actually meant that in your example sentences and accidentally wrote another phrase with just changed pronouns - are you sure the English translation is the same for both sentences?

March 30, 2018

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The subject is "er" in both cases, it's just the word order that's different.

I agree that the focus/stress/tone of "Möbel mag er nicht" is similar to "Furniture isn't liked by him" (or, as I'd have put it, "Furniture is not something he likes", or "It's furniture that he doesn't like"), but the construction/grammar is, of course, different. Examples of when this word order could be used: "I'm thinking of buying him some furniture for his birthday." "Oh, nein, Möbel mag er nicht." - or - "I thought he didn't like birds ( = Vögel)?" "Nein, Möbel mag er nicht. You must have heard that wrong."

"Furniture isn't liked by him" would be "Möbel werden von ihm nicht gemocht" (passive voice).

March 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Saskia390132

Möbel needs to be capitalized. Apart from that it is correct. If it is still not accepted report it.

March 30, 2018
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