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ERIC Number: EJ782589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0042-062X
Basic Verbs of Conveyance: "Bring" and "Take" in German and English
Fagan, Sarah M.B.
Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German, v37 n1 p10-16 Spr 2004
The correct use of German "bringen" and "nehmen" can pose problems for native speakers of English learning German. Students often use "nehmen" to express meanings rendered by English "take," which can result in sentences that are ungrammatical. This paper investigates the basic verbs of conveyance in German and English--"bringen," "nehmen," "bring," and "take"--with the purpose of clarifying the conditions under which these verbs are used and the nuances of meaning they convey. It also considers "mitbringen" and "mitnehmen," which help express meanings in German that are expressed in English with "bring" and "take."
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Language: English
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