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Where does "nicht" go when negating a statement?

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"He does not read many books." is translated as "Er liest nicht viele Bücher." However, I wrote "Er liest viele Bücher nicht", which is apparently wrong. I've seen "nicht" in different parts of sentences according a German grammar book I have, so I am rather confused.

September 4, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/litecrush
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According to this description I read, "nicht" implies slightly different meanings depending on its placement. Technically I think your sentence and the translated sentence are both correct. Yet, the one you wrote is possibly less formal or less accurate compared to the other.

Here is a website link that helped me understand "nicht" a little better: http://www.nthuleen.com/teach/grammar/negationexpl.html

September 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/hugolemieux

Wow, this website is just amazing for grammar rules! Thanks!

September 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/litecrush
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You're welcome. :D

September 8, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/myra
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Despite the slightly different emphasis, your answer is accepted now too. Thanks!

March 21, 2013
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