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

"The group comes across an old woman."

April 9, 2013

9 Comments


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

Is "Die Gruppe trifft eine alte Frau" wrong? Why do we need "auf" with "treffen" here?

April 9, 2013

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

I actually think it's fine, either with or without the "auf". Maybe auf jdn treffen draws a bit more attention to the fact that it wasn't expected or planned. jdn treffen could be an arranged meeting as well (but does not have to be). At least that's how I feel about it. ;)

April 9, 2013

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

I agree, we'll accept "trifft". But it's good to know that "auf jdn treffen" is just slightly different :)

April 9, 2013

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

Thanks, I believe I understand the difference now :-)

April 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

Why not "Die Gruppe kommt eine alte Frau darüber"? or "entlang"?

May 8, 2013

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

darüber = about that

entlang = along something

May 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

Could you say "Die Gruppe trifft eine alte Frau auf"?

May 8, 2013

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

No, the "auf" always comes right after the verb. It only comes after the object if it is the prefix of the verb:
auf jemanden treffen - Sie trifft auf ihn.
etwas aufschreiben - Sie schreibt es auf.
Other examples:
auf etwas vertrauen - Sie vertraut auf sein Versprechen. (to trust in sth - She trusts in his word)
jemanden aufwecken - Sie weckt ihn auf. (to wake somebody up)
an jemandem hängen - Sie hängt an ihm. (to be attached to someone)
jemanden anrufen - Sie ruft ihn an. (to call someone)
Hope that's helpful!

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greenfire315

Oh ok. I thought the verb in the sentence was auftreffen and therefore a separable verb. Thank you for the examples!

May 14, 2013
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