"The visitor does not like me."
Translation:Der Besucher mag mich nicht.
Unless you want to memorize a very long list of verbs and prepositions (and the exceptions to them), there really isn't a simple answer. The other is dative (indirect object) and the other accusative (direct object), but there are so many places where you just have to know which to use, so understanding that doesn't really help in many cases (pun intended). It'll come with time, I would say.
I like to think of it like this. Use mich if "you" are the second thing in the sentence and mir if "you" are the third thing in the sentence.
In the sentence given The visitor does not like me ; the visitor is the first thing and you are the second. Hence mich.
In the sentence The visitor gives the ball to me; the visitor is the first thing, the ball is the second thing and you are the third thing. Hence Der Besucher gibt mir den Ball.
Can someone please help me understand why in the world "nicht" is at the end of this sentence? I was taught that "nicht" goes next to the verb. Why does it go at the end, and why isn't it acceptable to say "Der Besucher mag nicht mich?"
Side note - Has anything changed in Duo recently? I have been using the app on my phone, and I almost never get anything wrong. Today on my computer, I get at least 15 questions wrong every single time, and I never understand why. Super super frustrated!
I think it's pretty much the same difference as between "visitor" and "guest" in English, so in some sense no difference, but in others there might be a slightly different tone. One clumsy example that I could think of: "Mama, ich mag unseren Besucher nicht!" "Er ist trotzdem unser Gast!"
Besuch does not really mean "visitor", BUT there are some occasions where that is a very logical translation and therefore it can be translated as such, even though it doesn't really mean that.
"Sie hat Besuch" you cannot translate to "She has visit" or "She has a visitation", because in English you cannot use the words in such ways so: "She has (a) visitor(s)" how you would say that in English. But in any other case: Der Besucher is "the visitor".
I hope that makes some sense :)
How can i use the verb haben to express this sentence. Haben can be used to express likes and dislikes. I tried Der Besucher hat mir nicht which is a wrong answer. Vielen dank to any peers who take the time to list the different verbs/ ways of expressing the above sentence.