Verb position

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Verb position

The verb normally comes straight after the subject:

Anna verkauft das Hotel.

Anna is selling the hotel.

Magda hat keine Zeit.

Magda has no time.

However, after words such as weil (because), dass (that), wenn (when), etc. the verb goes at the end:

Anna verkauft das Hotel, weil sie pleite ist.

Anna’s selling the hotel because she is broke.

Ich wusste nicht, dass Magda in Berlin wohnt.

I didn't know that Magda lives in Berlin.

If the subordinate clause (the part starting with weil, dass, etc.) starts the sentence, the structure is different: conjunction (weil, dass, wenn, da, etc.) + subject + verb, verb + subject.

Weil sie pleite ist, verkauft Anna das Hotel.

Because she is broke, Anna is selling the hotel.

Wenn Magda jeden Tag arbeitet, ist sie sehr müde.

When Magda works every day, she is very tired.

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