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position of nicht

I was wondering if anybody could tell me why nicht goes at the end of the sentence Ich kenne den Junge. Vielen Danke

May 1, 2018



That's a good article! Danke!


Gern geschehen :)

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Usually we say Vielen Dank or Danke vielmals. Just a FYI.


Rule of thumb: nicht will always come right before the word it negates, with one exception; when negating verbs, it goes to the end of the sentence

Negating Verbs: nicht goes to the end of the sentence

Negating Any Other Part of Speech: it will come right before the word it negates

Nouns (w/ def articles or possessive pronouns): Das ist nicht meine Entdeckung(, sondern ihre) OR Er ist nicht der Lehrer(, sondern der Assistent.)

Translation: That discovery is not mine(, but rather theirs.) AND He is not the teacher(, but rather the assistant.)

Proper Names: Das ist nicht Josephs Kind(, sondern Christophs.) Translation: That child is not Joseph’s(, but rather Christoph’s.)

Pronouns: Er hasst nicht dich(, sondern Carla.) Translation: He hates not you, but rather Carla.

Adjectives: Wir sind nicht zufrieden. Translation: We are not satisfied.

Adverbs: Sie fährt nicht schnell(, sondern langsam. Translation: She drives not fast(, but rather slowly.)

Time, Place, Manner: Wir treffen uns nicht am Montag(, sondern am Mittwoch.) OR Ich wohne nicht in einem Haus(, sondern in einer Wohnung.) Translation: We meet up not on Monday(, but rather on Wednesday.) OR I live not in a house(, but rather an apartment)

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