https://www.duolingo.com/higsy1

Structure of sentence

I came across this sentence "Diese Haushaltsgerate haben meine Eltern" and i asked my german friend about it and i was told that this is structured incorrectly. it should be "Meine Eltern haben diese Haushaltsgerate". So my question is, why on Duolingo is it written incorrectly?

July 14, 2012

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Hi, both are correct. However, normally 'Meine Eltern haben diese Haushaltsgeräte' is used.

July 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Luiseadh

My understanding is that you can change the word order and put the object of the sentence first if you want to change the emphasis. Is this correct?

July 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

@Luiseadh: yes, that's correct.

July 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/higsy1

thank you. i did think that because it is the same for spanish, but my german friend informed me otherwise. but thank you.

July 14, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

The phrase is a bit difficult. Both subject and object are plural. If you would say: "Einen Rechner haben meine Eltern nicht" it would be instantly clear, that Rechner (computer) is object. By putting the object first it gets more emphasis like in: Einen Rechner haben meine Eltern nicht, sondern eine Stereo-Anlage."

July 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/G.P.Niers

That just goes to show that even native speakers get it wrong sometimes.
Take care however to write an umlaut on Gerät.

December 7, 2015
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