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German Grammar Tip of the Day!

Did you know:

A simple main clause in German can be written with the same word order as English:


Ich gab dem Jungen einen Ball.

I gave the boy a ball.


However, unlike in English, the word order in a main clause can also be rearranged to emphasize something other than the subject by putting it first – so long as the conjugated verb remains in the second position:

Einen Ball gab ich dem Jungen.

I gave the boy a ball. (as opposed to giving him something else)

Dem Jungen gab ich einen Ball.

I gave the boy a ball. (as opposed to giving it to someone else)



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