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Using pronouns in German

In German, are you expected to say the pronoun or do you let the verb do the work? For instance: Du spielst or simply spielst? is conversation informal enough to drop the pronoun?

September 4, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/Katherle
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In standard German, it is not possible to leave out the personal pronouns. However, in colloquial speech (and on internet forums, in text messages, etc.), subject pronouns are sometimes dropped, particularly "ich". Ex. "Lese gerade ein Buch" = "Ich lese gerade ein Buch" = I am reading a book.

September 4, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ElliottofRivia

This is kind of what I've experienced, too. In English, I'm CONSTANTLY dropping pronouns in first person singular, and starting sentences with simply "Gonna..." "Need to..." "Should've...", etc. It's good to know there's something at least remotely similar some of the time in German.

December 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Megzee

"ThenThereWasMeep" I suggest you get a penpal :) I went to interpals.com and -actual- German people looking to connect with English speakers help you out a lot!! :)

September 4, 2012
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