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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/legatrix

"Ein deutsches Kind spielt nicht Fußball."

December 22, 2012

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/legatrix

What the ****? I'm no tireless campaigner against American English, but not accepting 'football' is ridiculous!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rharao

American and totally agree.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/legatrix

Berg123, maybe you were not aware that 'Fussball' translates into British English as 'football'?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chaterlaine

Whenever they introduce a new word with more than one meaning, they always want the first one. I agree it isn't fair, but their game; their rules.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eschlange

How come "is not playing" is unacceptable?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Duccit

Lol at Soccer. This site needs an (English UK) option.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/langtonian

I'm with legatrix. If it's going to refuse to accept British English this time, it should do so consistently. Then at least we would know where we stood.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zatusin

Kann man sagen "spielt kein Fussball"? Was ist der Unterschied? Danke.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kult

I have the same question. I think it should be "spielt kein Fußball".

"nicht" is ok in situations like "Ein deutsches Kind spielt nicht Fußball, sondern Basketball", but not here.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/termita

Maybe it's because you can't count football?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kult

Unlikely it could be the reason. You definitely can say "Ich mag kein Wein" and "Ich trinke kein Bier", but beer and wine are uncountable too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/termita

May be so, but: there can be more than one type of wine or beer, but one soccer - the sport is uncountable. Although, there can indeed be some variations, maybe more than one soccer style...

HELP! :) can someone more knowledgeable answer this one?

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