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Jeden Tag.....how to use in sentence?

  1. Mädchen waschen den Ofen jeden Tag.
  2. Jeden Tag waschen mädchen den Ofen.
  3. Mädchen waschen Jeden tag den Ofen.

which is correct in above sentences? and what is difference? please help me to understand the sentence forming.

April 17, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hannibal-Barkas
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all three are correct. Germans are allowed to switch position of many parts within the sentence. I myself would use the second one, but that's just me. Maybe there's a wee difference in emphasis between the oven, the girls and the "every day"-part.

April 17, 2018

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i too would use putzen instead of waschen, since we use waschen mostly for the laundry. and i would add the article for the Mädchen like:

Die Mädchen putzen den Ofen jeden Tag.

Jeden Tag putzen die Mädchen den Ofen.

Die Mädchen putzen jeden Tag den Ofen.

it sounds better this way, or is it not sure which girls are in charge for cleaning the oven?

April 17, 2018

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I agree with Hannibal.

But why "waschen"? Is the oven to be cleaned by girls? Then I'd prefer "putzen".

April 17, 2018

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Just a little thing; but I'd capitalize "Mädchen" in the 2nd sentence and not capitalize "jeden" in the 3rd. Otherwise a good question.

April 18, 2018

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thank you all :)

April 18, 2018

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As already mentioned before, parts of a sentence (subject, objects, adverb of time...) could switch position.

Usually, you would say SUBJECT + PREDICATE + ADVERB + OBJECT "Die Mädchen putzen jeden Tag den Ofen." (#3) >> this describes a rather neutral observation

Certain parts could be emphasized by placing them in front of others of the sentence, e.g.

SUBJECT + PREDICATE + OBJECT + ADVERB "Die Mädchen putzen den Ofen jeden Tag." (#1) >> here is a slight emphasize on "the oven" >> Might mean for example: they clean the oven every day but they might clean the rest of the kitchen only every other day

ADVERB + PREDICATE + SUBJECT + OBJECT "Jeden Tag putzen die Mädchen den Ofen." (#2) >> since this sequence is rather unusual there is a very strong emphasize on "every day" >> Might mean for example: Every day they are cleaning the oven even if they actually don't like cleaning at all.

And yet another one is possible:

OBJECT + PREDICATE + SUBJECT + ADVERB "Den Ofen putzen die Mädchen jeden Tag." >> since this sequence is also rather unusual this time is a very strong emphasize on "the oven" >> Might mean for example: They clean the oven every day but they don't clean the floor.

April 18, 2018

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Hehe, what girl cleans the oven every day. Must be obsessive-compulsive. ;-)

April 18, 2018
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