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

"Kein Mädchen isst seinen Fisch."

January 22, 2013

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

But 'seinen' refers to 'he', 'his' fish. 'Her' fish wouldn't be correct, isn't it? The fish in this context must belong to a man, not to the girl ('ihren')


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

"sein" refers to "er" or "es". "The girl" is "das Mädchen", so it is "es" and "sein".


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

In fact, "No girl eats her fish" should be also accepted. In German girl = Mädchen = es, so in this case her (girl's) = sein (not ihr). I did not risk trying "her fish", though.


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

I tried. It works


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ragtime_6

I wrote "No girl eats his fish" and it was marked correct. An example of not assuming context during translation I suppose...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adalove69

Why isn't this answer right? "A girl doesn't eat her fish"

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