Hi Christian! Just a small question:
Das ist es wert = It is worth it.
Ist es das wert? = Is it worth it?
So, in Duo's example the semantic unit "es wert" (worth it), is divided in this question as the order is altered by the nature of the sentence (a question)?
So "Das' stands for the first "it" and "es" for the second "it"?
Statements tend to be more flexible when it comes to word order. In “Das ist es wirklich wert”, the subject could be “das” and “es” could be the complement, but it could also be the other way around. You could also say “Es ist das wirklich wert”, the subject being “es” and the complement being “das” or vice versa. In a question, the word order is much more rigid. In “Ist es das wirklich wert?”, the subject has to be the second element and it has to precede the complement. That’s why “es” corresponds to the first “it” and “das” corresponds to the second “it”. Technically, you could also say “Ist das es wirklich wert?”. In that case, “das” would correspond to the first “it” and “es” would correspond to the second “it”. However, that word order sounds a bit unnatural.
You're not. You do now though and that is what we are here for. There are many other programs out there that will hand feed the language to you. Why are so many here caught up in complaining about Duolingo's method? I understand that we should be correcting mistakes for Duo, but why are so many here afraid of making mistakes themselves?
I agree! - so what if you loose a heart, or even if you have to start the lesson over. It's called learning. I have no complaints about the methods used in Duolingo. Some people make it sound like the end of the world if they make a mistake. LEARNING means that you will make mistakes along the road!