Take the 2-minute tour ×
German Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of German wanting to discuss the finer points of the language and translation. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I understand that in a subordinate clause, such as with weil the main verb is sent to the end of the sentence. However, if I add a conjunction such as und does that clause also have its main verb sent to the end of the sentence?

For example:

I finde Sport nicht so gut, weil es anstrengend ist und ich bin faul!

or

I finde Sport nicht so gut, weil es anstrengend ist und ich faul bin!

share|improve this question
1  
Note ("weil" question aside): both sentences contain a mistake. I won't correct them; you can find the mistakes in one the questions below) –  splattne Nov 12 '12 at 14:29
    
@splattne: In one of the answers. And you didn't not correct the question, but rolled back the correction, to tell the truth. So if you would please join the meta discussion, and explain, why you think that this is the preferred behaviour. –  user unknown Nov 12 '12 at 16:09
1  
@userunknown While I agree that mistakes should be corrected, in this specific case the errors are a sign that the author didn't grasp the concept. Changing that part of the question changes the post too much; also, it wouldn't be fair to the people who alredy answered the question in a certain way. –  splattne Nov 13 '12 at 9:49
    
@userunknown PS: "weil es anstrengend ist" isn't a mistake; "es" can be interpreted as an "unpersönliches Subjekt", and is not related to "Sport". –  splattne Nov 13 '12 at 9:50
    
@splattne: Was meintest Du dann mit "both sentences contain mistakes"? –  user unknown Nov 13 '12 at 15:50
show 1 more comment

3 Answers 3

First example is unusual und would mean an addition while second describes the reason.

share|improve this answer
    
+1 because both sentences are valid. –  Deve Nov 13 '12 at 12:11
add comment

The second sentence is correct. You would find constructions as in the first sentence in informal spoken language.

share|improve this answer
2  
Could you supply examples to support your second statement? –  Baz Nov 11 '12 at 12:11
add comment

First there are two errors in your sentence:

Ich finde Sport nicht so gut, weil er anstrengend ist und ich faul bin!

In German "I" is "ich". The word "er" or "es" is a reference to "Sport" and must be in the gender of "der Sport" (male). So you have to use "er" (male) instead of "es" (neutrum).

The word "und" is a conjuction und combines two parts of a sentence. You can also write the complete sentence:

Ich finde Sport nicht so gut, weil er anstrengend ist und weil ich faul bin!

Here you see, that the leading "weil" forces "bin" to be at the end of the sentence (that's the reason why your first sentence is wrong). In German you can leave out some words which are only repeated like the second "weil", but the position of "bin" is not changed. So you get the right sentence:

Ich finde Sport nicht so gut, weil er anstrengend ist und ich faul bin!

If you use a sentence like:

Ich finde Sport nicht so gut, weil er anstrengend und schlumpfig ist.

this sentence can also be completed to:

Ich finde Sport nicht so gut, weil er anstrengend ist und weil er schlumpfig ist.

Here you have the same helping verb (Hilfsverb) "ist" (thats the difference to your sentence) and the same subject "er". The double words "ist", "weil" and "er" can be leaved out.

Remark: write instead "schlumpfig" everything that fits and what you want, it is absolutly not important for the construction of the sentence. The only important thing is that there are two "ist" in the German sentence to show how you can leave one out. If you do not know "schlumpfig" have a look on german Wikipedia.

share|improve this answer
1  
Wolltest Du schreiben ungesund? –  user unknown Nov 12 '12 at 9:54
    
Ich habe übrigens die Frage korrigiert, bevor ich gesehen habe, dass Du auf diesen Fehler eingehst und ich habe es nicht rückgängig gemacht, weil es m.E. nicht die Frage von Gemrman Student ist. Siehe dazu auch diese Metadiskussion (der inzwischen, zugegeben, schwer zu folgen ist, da viele Antworten Off-topic waren, und der Streit darüber den Inhalt überdeckt). –  user unknown Nov 12 '12 at 12:40
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.