Mir fehlt ein Buch vs Ein Buch fehlt mir Mir fehlt ein Buch vs Ein Buch fehlt mir Does word order matter in this sentence? I understand that the verb is in the second position. What about dative(mir) and the subject(ein buch)? Are these two sentences interchangeable? Which one is more commonly used? Vielen Dank.
Feb 23, 2017 11:31 PM
Answers · 2
Yes, the sentences are interchangeable, but the structure most commonly used would be: "Mir fehlt ein Buch"
February 24, 2017
Both sentences are correct and have the same meaning but are used in different situations to make them sound natural. "Mir fehlt ein Buch" is quite neutral and can be used in every situation. "Warte einen Moment, mir fehlt ein Buch!" = "Wait a moment, I am missing a book" You can use "Ein Buch fehlt mir" when someone asks WHAT you are missing. "Was fehlt dir?" = "Ein BUCH fehlt mir". You have to put emphasis on "Buch" to make clear what you are actually missing. But also "Mir fehlt ein Buch" would be just fine here.
February 24, 2017
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