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"Er sieht ein größeres Pferd als sie."

February 24, 2013

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

I think the following translation is also correct: He sees a horse bigger than it.


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

I don't think so.


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

If the "it" was referring to an inanimate feminine object surely that would be correct?


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

What inanimate feminine object do you have in mind? I can't think of any that would make sense here.


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

Eine Kamera maybe?


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

That doesn't really work.


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

"Die Stute" might work grammatically as a possible referent for 'sie'. But that's not good German. Duo's interpretation is by far the most natural one.


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

That's perfectly fine but notice that the sentence is ambiguous. The 'sie' could refer either to one of the mares or to a woman who sees the bigger mare. This latter interpretation is the more natural one (that is: without further context, of course). You can avoid the ambiguity by using a different pronoun, e.g. 'Er sieht eine größere Stute als diese'.


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

Let's say you're referring to two mares. Could you say "Er sieht eine größere Stute als sie" and if not, what would be the correct sentence?


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

Why can't "sie" mean you in this case?


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

It can mean "she" or "they", but it can't mean "you" because it's not capitalised.

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