Question about word order with conjunctions •"Bleibe bei uns, denn es will Abend werden." •"Ich weiß nicht, was ich heute Abend mach soll." •"Ich will, dass du deine Hausaufgaben machst." I do not understand how the sentences above are formed. I am especially concerned about verb placement and what gets conjugated vs. what doesn't. I think the joining of phrases with conjunctions has something to do with wether or not the phrases that are being joined can function as independent sentences, I don't know the specifics or how it works. If you could explain this type of sentence structure, and how it works, that would be great! Thanks!
Jan 17, 2017 9:54 PM
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That should be: ... was ich heute Abend machen soll. The situation isn't all that different from English: Apart from "independent" or "main" clauses that can stand by themselves, there are also "dependent" or "subordinate" ones that can't. They're usually introduced by a certain conjunction: "*because* it's raining", "*that* you do your homework" and so on. What's special in German is that the conjugated part of the verb(*) is moved to the *last* position in a dependent clause, that's why you have "soll" and "machst" at the end of the sentence in your examples. The page you referred to in another discussion provides more information: (*) Not the entire verb construction, but only the conjugated part. This is important when you have an auxiliary verb (for composite tenses) or a modal one: – ich habe ihn gesehen → ... weil ich ihn gesehen habe – er muss morgen kommen → ... dass er morgen kommen muss
January 18, 2017
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