"How did they dare contradict her?"
Translation:Hvordan turde de sige hende imod?
Sure, RidderJakob, I get the verb has a preposition built into it. But the way that the preposition can be moved around in the acceptable sentences—"modsige" before the direct object ("hende") in your second example, and "imod" after the "hende" in your first example—is still throwing me. Help?
I think what they were asking is what the difference would be. Like, is there any logic as to when you would split up the phrasal verb as opposed to keeping it together?
I believe I read somewhere that leaving them together can be more formal, whereas separated it is more conversational? Hopefully a native speaker can clarify.
I am no scholar of Danish or anything, but something I've noticed throughout this course is that Old English expressions often turn into literal Danish expressions.
You don't have to use "imod," for Duo to count this sentence correct at all, actually. There's a verb for, "to contradict," and it's, "at modsige."
You can say, "hvordan de turde modsige hende," and it works just fine. Putting that in literal English, it's what they asked for, "how did they dare contradict her"?
You can also say, "hvordan turde de sige hende imod," which in literal English would be, "how did they dare say against her"?
Both work, but if you'll notice the former works in English and the latter is more like Old English. You can no doubt point to examples in modern English of stuffy aristocrats talking about people "saying things against," one another, but it's not commonly said among the majority of the populace.