"Ich habe weniger Münzen als er."

Translation:I have fewer coins than he has.

February 12, 2013



is there a comparative for quantifiable nouns and one for unquantifiable ones or we need to use weniger for both "less" and "fewer" comparative?

February 12, 2013


"weniger" is both "less" and "fewer".

February 12, 2013


Any thoughts on why is it 'er' in the end and not 'ihm'?

August 10, 2014


Because it is the subject of a (rather short) auxiliary sentence. The English version should also be "he", as per pedantic grammar.

> I have fewer coins than he has.

September 10, 2014


Well, I think the thoughts are pretty obvious: because it is a subject and not an object (Dativ). On top of that, if you are a native speaker of English you probably know that in "proper" English grammar you are supposed to say "than he (has)" and not "than him".

March 29, 2019


The nominative case "er" maintains the grammar and the logic of the sentence, because "als" is a conjunction, not a preposition. "than him" is typical of colloquial English, which puts pronouns into the accusative case when they follow anything that looks at all like a preposition.

August 21, 2018


weniger is not inflected?

February 13, 2014


would it also be acceptable in English to substitute "coins" for "change" or is there a different word used in German for that? In English the two are used interchangeably when speaking of money

June 1, 2013


There's "das Wechselgeld", but this may include banknotes as well.

June 1, 2013


"Coins" and "Change" aren't used interchangeably in English. "Change" may include banknotes, like "das Wechselgeld" in German.

March 6, 2019


Should be "than he," even though "than him" is in common parlance.. It sounds dumb to say "him" when the German grammar is correct.

June 9, 2018


I would say "than he does." It's still correct but doesn't sound archaic the way "than he" sounds.

October 22, 2018
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