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"They study the first unit."

Translation:Sie lernen die erste Lektion.

June 20, 2018



Why not studieren?


It depends a bit on the notion. Studieren is used for university studies and for carefully reading [e.g. the news] or looking at/examining objects. It's not a very clear case here to exclude studieren, but I would definitely prefer lernen in the context of unit [of a textbook = Lektion]. For another kind of unit it could be studieren as well. If you can say "The generals are studying the first unit of the coorps passing by at the parade", you can do the same in German with studieren... A less likely notion, but not impossible...


I tried that and it was accepted


I wrote 'sie Studieren die erste Einheit' and was marked wrong, study=Studieren, learn=Lernen, unit=Einheit, lesson=Lektion. Is my logic wrong, if so, please explain?


Here is a link to the discussion page for the sentence "Sie studieren die erste Einheit", which has a preferred translation of "They study the first unit": https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/21526295

I don't see anything wrong with your sentence other than the use of capital letter for the verb. That wouldn't cause it to be rejected though. I wonder if some confusion has arisen due to requests for various changes to the sentences that haven't been applied to both versions (DE-EN and EN-DE).


"Sie studieren die erste Einheit" is still a good answer today, 7/26/21.


Marked wrong today 8/5/21


The word required (I think) is Teil (for Unit). The question was not: They learn the forst lesson or lecture.


The question was: "They study the first unit." A couple of correct translations are:
Sie lernen die erste Lektion. / Sie studieren die erste Einheit.

Teil (usually translated as "part") seems a little too vague and possibly too large, as it is likely to contain several units.


lesson or unit ? which is better ?

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