https://www.duolingo.com/.Spartan117

What is the difference between "Gern" and Mogen?

So you can use "gern" to say " Ich renne gern" (I like running), or you can say Ich mag rennen. (I like to run(or running)). What is the difference in usage between these two? Are they interchangeble?

2 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jileha
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"gern" is an adverb that modifies an action and is thus used in combination with a verb: etwas gern(e) machen. Ich schwimme gern. Peter hört gerne Musik. Ich fahre gerne nach Italien.

"mögen" is a verb that takes a direct object: etwas mögen. Ich mag Käse. (cf. Ich esse gerne Käse). Peter mag dich (cf. Peter hat dich gern). Ich mag seine Musik (cf. ich habe seine Musik gern - better: mir gefällt seine Musik).

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.Spartan117

Hmm... so could you say Ich laufe nicht gern?

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jileha
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Perfect! Ich laufe nicht gern, ich nehme lieber das Auto.

(laufen in German can mean either run or walk)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.Spartan117

Thanks for your help Jileha!!

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anett260919

When you like something you say " Gern " literally means " Like " and when you say "Mögen" you like a Subjec aka person- ( doesnt have to be always , but most of the time it is like it ) but you can also say ich mag deine Schuhe. I like your shoes , its something you will understand later as you learn German , it comes natuarly and you know when to say it or not. :)

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrancesVan12

Gern or Gerne is used to describe what you like doing. Mag, Magst, and Mogen are all examples of you liking something, not doing something.

2 months ago
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