"I show him the mouse."

Translation:Εγώ του δείχνω το ποντίκι.

November 12, 2016

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Why is: δείχνω του το ποντίκι wrong?


Why is: δείχνω του το ποντίκι wrong?

Short-form pronouns such as του come before the verb, not after it. (Except in commands.)

Thus, του δείχνω.


I think this could be both 'I show him...' or 'I show it...' In general how do you differentiate between 'I [verb] him ...' and 'I [verb] it ...'? I assume it's implied from the context of the conversation, but is there a way to make it explicit in case of ambiguity?


I show it...=(Εγώ) το δείχνω... ;)


Wait, does this mean "I show it" as in "I show [something to] it..." ("I show it something") or does it mean "I show it [to someone]". Because those are different things. I thought του was used as the genitive form of the third-person pronoun for both masculine and neuter so what the original guy said is true. Το on the other hand is the nominative form of the neuter third-person pronoun. I guess what the sentence Εγώ του δείχνω το ποντίκι is trying to say is actually "I show [to] him the mouse." Which invokes the genitive case.


In the alternative solution, 'εγώ δείχνω σ΄αυτόν το ποντίκι', what does the "σ' " refer to? And why is it 'αυτόν' when it comes after the verb, but 'του' when it comes before the verb?


Please consult the tips&notes of the personal pronouns lesson.


Hi, the tips and notes are unavailable on mobile version. Is it possible to access them in another way? I don't have computer access.


Try accessing them via the website https://www.duolingo.com/ -- you may have to "request Desktop site".

If it doesn't work in your mobile device's normal browser, I've heard that using the Puffin browser make convince the website to show you the tips and notes. (But I don't have first-hand experience of that.)

On the website, the tips and notes "hide" behind the light-bulb icon on the little window that appears once you have selected a unit.


Thanks, that helps! Interestingly, I don't think there have been any exercises so far covering this aspect of grammar (the personal pronouns lesson itself was very short and didn't cover this) so that is why I had forgotten it.

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