https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adam.wes.hall

"Ist sie eine Freundin?"

January 2, 2013

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/beckalina

I don't know for sure that it's the same in German but in French you can tell whether someone is referring to a female friend or girlfriend (or male friend vs boyfriend) by whether they say 'a friend/a friend of mine' (one of several friends and so not romantic) or 'my/your friend' (the possessive article indicating girlfriend/boyfriend) -could be similar here

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

You're right.

January 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adam.wes.hall

Does Freundin mean friend here, or girlfriend (as in lover), or is it ambiguous?

January 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

Technically, it's ambiguous, but the indefinite article "eine" suggests we're talking about a female friend (non-romantic).

January 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chubbard

Someone like Christian will be able to give you a definitive answer. I've just got opinions.

To me, it most certainly could also mean just "friend". I think, like you suggested, it is ambiguous when just given this sentence by itself. In real-life, hopefully you could decide which way made the most sense based on whatever conversation surrounds it.

January 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VCSD

Why is "sie" not capitalized?

March 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/christian

It's only capitalised when it means "you" (formal).

March 20, 2013
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