Sophie Morris

Looking for some pointers on where to place "nicht"

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Hi all,

I'm trying to teach myself the German language using Duolingo. Everything has made sense until now. I'm confused about where to place "nicht" in a sentence. I've looked at resources outside Duolingo and still can't figure it out. Here is the sentence that brought my lack of understanding to the front:

Ich kenne den Vogel nicht.

Could anyone help me understand why the sentence isn't:

Ich kenne nicht den Vogel.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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