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I am learning German and we got our first modal verb today, können. We have to put the sentence in order. The sentence pieces are: Die Schüler/gut/Deutsch/können/? Is the sentence suppose to be 1.Können die Schüler gut Deutsch? or 2.Können die Schüler Deutsch gut?

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    If you're supposed to making sentences, why make questions? – thekeyofgb Nov 12 '14 at 0:03
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    Funny that in this sentence "können" is not used as as a modal verb. – Carsten S Nov 12 '14 at 0:05
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Both are okay and they mean the same. There's a difference in tone. Or better, there's a difference in contextual appropriateness. That sounds very complicated but what I mean is simply that I think the second version is more likely in context where it has already been established verbally that the students speak German. I think in beginners class they'd expect you to use version 1 but if they claim that it's the only correct way, tell them to read up again because it just ain't true.

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Just to make sure... both are questions, not statements.

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  • Ok thank you. That makes a lot more sense! – Hannah Nov 12 '14 at 0:25

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