"We are not allowed to swim here."

Translation:Wir dürfen hier nicht schwimmen.

April 17, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KasperBhre

Shouldn't "Wir dürfen nicht hier schwimmen" be accepted?

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Paralars1

It's grammatically correct, but unusual. If you say

Wir | dürfen | hier | nicht schwimmen

you negate the verb, which is dürfen. There's emphasis on something not being allowed. If you say

Wir | dürfen | nicht hier | schwimmen

you negate hier, so would only use this if swimming isn't allowed here, but somewhere else. E.g.

Wir dürfen nicht hier schwimmen, aber dort drüben.

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Wonderboy6
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It seems like german but the last sentence you wrote shouldn't it be:

Wir dürfen nicht hier schwimmen, SONDERN dort drüben. ?

May 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BillJim
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Dϋrfen may be translated as “may” and in some cases as “can” in addition to “be allowed”. The emphasis in the sentence might therefore be either: “Wir dϋrfen nicht HIER schwimmen” or “Wir dϋrfen hier nicht SCHWIMMEN”. In the absence of further context, should both not be considered correct?

January 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ratmotor13
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And if you wanted to emphasize the fact that we are not allowed to swim "here" as opposed to some other location, you could change the word order: "Hier dürfen wir nicht schwimmen."

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/drtydingsi

No

November 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Bekir978479

Wir sind nicht erlaubt hier zu schwimmen

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Tahrion
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That's the wrong case: "Uns ist nicht erlaubt hier zu schwimmen" would be correct but it sounds very old-fashoined. You wouldn't normally use it.

November 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Tahrion
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"Hier dürfen wir nicht schwimmen" is correct too. In English you would probably just separate the place and put it infront of the rest of the sentence? "Here, we may not swim"

November 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ValentinaAG
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November 8, 2018
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