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

"We would like to have wine."

April 12, 2013

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

Why is "gerne" needed, and "gern" incorrect here?


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

Both are correct. I reported that.


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

Why not "Wir möchten Wein haben"?


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

I imagine because the lesson intends to practice that specific tense.


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

Same doubt: why is "gern" incorrect?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bf2010
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You can use both forms in German, but maybe not in Duolingo :-(


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

Duolingo accepts suggestions about alternative answers, so why not report them instead of posting complaints in discussions?


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

Or do both...! I think it's worth discussing here in case it's actually not an error and there's some reason why "gern" is unacceptable in this context.


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

Is "gern" mandatory here? Wouldn't "wir hätten Wein" suffice?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bf2010
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"we like to have wine" is in German "wir mögen haben (literally "wir mögen zu haben Wein)"; "mögen haben" equals "haben gern(e)

Transform the sentence into a polite request and you get "we would like to have wine" or in German "wir hätten gerne Wein" (or "wir würden gern Wein haben"); just like "have+like" work together in English, "haben + gern" works together in German;

hope that helps :-)

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