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Gemma Gem
Does this sentence need the passive? Hi to everyone, I'd be very grateful for someone's help with the following. Does this sentence need the passive? 'They were married for five years' Sie waren für / seit fünf Jahren verheiratet Sie wurden für / seit fünf Jahren verheiratet Also, does the use of 'seit' make a difference here, given that it implies something is carrying on into the present? Thanks so much Gemma
May 19, 2013 10:57 AM
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"Sie waren für fünf Jahre verheiratet." is correct, implying they were married for five years, but are now divorced. "Sie sind seit fünf Jahren verheiratet." (present tense!) would mean "They have been married for five years." and are still married, as you said, carrying on into the present. Hope this helps.
May 19, 2013
Gemma Gem
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English, German
Learning Language
German