https://www.duolingo.com/jpentland

"Er sieht ein größeres Pferd als sie."

February 24, 2013

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/yaliyev

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

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

I don't think so.

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jpentland

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

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

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

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jpentland

Eine Kamera maybe?

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

That doesn't really work.

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

March 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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'.

April 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/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?

April 6, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jpentland

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

February 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/christian

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

February 24, 2013
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