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"Kannst du mir erklären, wieso du ihn nicht magst?"

Translation:Can you explain to me why you do not like him?

August 8, 2014



when is used "warum" and when "wieso"?


No difference as far as I know. One can use it interchangeably.


what's wrong with "can you explain to me why don't you like him?"?


It has to do with nitpicky grammar on the English side. The idea is that if you break the sentence up into 2 pieces, "can you explain to me" and "why you don't like him," only one needs to be posited as a question (the first half). "Why don't you like him" has the word order of a question, so this answer (although colloquially fine and should be accepted) has the form of a question within a question, instead of a subordinate clause ("why you don't like him").


Can you explain to me, why do you not like him?

Why is this wrong?


It is not two separate questions "Can you explain to me? Why do you not like him?".

Instead, "why you do not like him" is part of the main sentence -- it acts almost like a noun, the object of "explain".

Indirect questions such as that one have a different word order in English from direct questions (that are sentences of their own).

So it has to be "Can you explain to me why you do not like him?", without a comma and with "...you do..." rather than "...do you...".


That's a run-on sentence.


"Can you explain me , why you don't like him?" Is it a wrong translation?


Yes. With "explain" you need "to" there.

Don't ask me why, but so did many native speakers tell me in another topic :) Although some said, they would consider it to be ok, but still they would prefer the "to" version.

But in this sentence the reason is kind of clear: "Explain me" could also be a question to ask someone to explain you as a person, not to explain to you.

Generally the rules whether to use "to me" or just "me" after the verb say, that you should use it only when there cannot be ambiguity.


I've just checked a dictionary - you are absolutely right - explain requires TO (to smb), they explicitly say so. Thank you!


Could you change the word order in the German sentence? "Kannst du mir erklären, wieso magst du ihn nicht?"


There is some flexibility with the word order of this sentence, but unfortunately, you can't change it to be what you wrote. Wieso in this sentence acts as a subordinating conjunction, which forces the predicate verb (mögen/magst) to go to the end of the sentence. '

Since German word order places the more important info towards the end of the sentence, it becomes an issue of meaning/emphasis of du vs. ihn.

Kannst du mir erklären, wieso du ihn nicht magst -- this sounds more natural to me, because the point of the question is asking why you don't like HIM; i.e. what's wrong with him

Kannst du mir erklären, wieso ihn du nicht magst -- this could also work, but is less organic and would have to be super situational, since you would emphasize DU; i.e. everyone likes him, why don't you?


Warum ist es nicht: "Kannst du mir erklären, wieso du ihnen nicht magst?"


Why do you think ihnen would be correct?

That's dative plural ("[to] them") -- but mögen is a normal transitive verb, and so it takes a direct object in the accusative case. Dative would make no sense here.

So what you are hearing must be ihn -- masculine accusative ("him").


English grammar seems odd.Its ofcourse not wrong but this is not how we use in English


Please tell me, what do you say instead?


Warum akzeptieren Sie die Übersetzung nicht, obwohl sie korrekt ist?


die Übersetzung

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