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How would you say I explained why...

I want to say ''I explained why I tried to open her door" would it be something like "ich habe erklärt warum ich ihre Tür zu öffnen versucht habe"?

April 10, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AHA3006

All words are correct, but this word order is better:

Ich habe erklärt, warum ich versucht habe, ihre Tür zu öffnen.

(The commas might be superfluous nowadays, in my school days they were mandatory)


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

The first is mandatory, the second is optional, I think, but I would anyway put it because it's closer to the natural flow of speech. There are other examples of sentences with zu + inf. or um zu + inf. that sound/read better without it, to me at least.

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