https://www.duolingo.com/JimmiDee

"Nobody learns."

January 17, 2013

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/JimmiDee

Why does this have to be masculine?

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

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

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SlyRatchet

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

January 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Menschenkind

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

https://www.duolingo.com/fp3690

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

February 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sayreC

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

June 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hutcho66

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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