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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elliot-M

"Ich bin es"?

Hello, I've just been speaking to one of the bots on duolingo and it said "Ich bin es" I understand this translates to "it is me" but is there an explanation why? literally this translates to "i am it" but could you not say "es ist ich" ?

November 8, 2016

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

No, you can't say Es ist ich.

You could say Das bin ich. but that's slightly different, of course: "That's me." (e.g. when pointing to a picture in a book to say that the person depicted on the photograph is you).

But in a situation such as "Hey Paul, it's me, Linda", German would use Hallo Paul, ich bin's, Linda.

(I don't think I'd use the uncontracted form ich bin es.)


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

You can't use "ist" with "Ich"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AHA3006

That's true, but "Es bin ich." would also be wrong. I'm not quite sure why, as "Der Schuldige bin ich." would be a correct sentence.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elliot-M

Does that also relate to mich and mir aswell?


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

No, not necessarily: das ist mir egal, das ist für mich unwichtig.

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