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I believe the problem isn't so much in the placement of nicht as in the effect that German's V2 (verb second) word order has on it. Normally, nicht precedes whatever it is negating, just like in English. However, if nicht negates a verb, then it is part of the verb group of the sentence. V2 means that the conjugated verb, and only the conjugated verb, comes ...


I would recommend the combination of Duolingo for practice and spelling and the Michel Thomas CD course for pronunciation and understanding the grammar. Duolingo is free, but it works, and for most people it is very good at keeping them motivated. Don't let anyone confuse you regarding the fact that Michel Thomas was not a native speaker of German. On ...

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