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Ankit Khandelwal
Difference between usage of 'nicht' in Deutsch Sentences?

What is the difference between these 2 sentences?

Warum sprechen Sie nicht Deutsch?

Warum sprechen Sie Deutsch nicht?

Apr 5, 2018 1:26 PM
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Warum sprechen Sie nicht Deutsch? - Why don't you speak German? (instead of speaking English)

Warum sprechen Sie kein Deutsch? - Why can't you speak German? (i.e. since I know you've been living in Germany for years and should be able to speak it by now = question)

Warum sprechen Sie Deutsch nicht? - Word order feels funny, but I guess they chose this sentence instead of the one above to illustrate the point that "nicht" at the end of a question (or before the verb in a sentence) negates the whole question/sentence instead of the particular word it stands in front of.

April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
Ankit Khandelwal
Language Skills
English, German, Hindi, Russian, Spanish
Learning Language
German, Spanish