"Nobody learns."

January 17, 2013


Why does this have to be masculine?

January 17, 2013

Because indefinite groups like nobody, everybody, etc. are masculine.

January 17, 2013

Are all forms acceptable here, as in Lernt, Lernst, Lerne, Lernen, ect?

January 17, 2013

What exactly do you mean? It must be 'Keiner lernt', since the word 'keiner' is third person singular masculine and the corresponding verb is 'lernt'.

January 17, 2013

I thought masculine nominative is Kein (line ein, mein etc)

February 2, 2013

Not sure, but it may have something to do with "Keiner" in this sentence is acting as a pronoun.

June 9, 2013

Yep, when used as a pronoun it follows the same rules as dieser/diese/dieses in that it follows the gender of the noun. In cases where there is no noun, such as everyone, no one, someone etc., you use the masculine version, in this case Keiner

June 12, 2013
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