https://www.duolingo.com/JacquiStone

"Die Frau ist größer."

February 24, 2013

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/fionasanderson

Why can't it be 'the wife is taller' or 'the woman is bigger'? Taller and bigger seem interchangeable - is that right?

March 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Nateo85

Got me too

April 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zortag

I don't think bigger and taller are interchangeable at all. If I say my wife is "größer", am I saying she is taller or am I sleeping on the sofa?

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

In general, 'größer' can mean 'bigger' and 'larger' as well. But when talking to your wife (or any other member of the homo species), it definitely means 'taller'. If you want to sleep on the couch use 'breiter' or 'dicker' ;-)

July 4, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JacquiStone

Die Frau ist alter?

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

No. 'älter' (note the Umlaut) means 'older'.

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JacquiStone

Of course. Apologies, I was getting confused with Spanish (alto/alta = tall)!

February 24, 2013
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