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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

@Luiseadh: yes, that's correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/higsy1

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


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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."


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/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.

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