https://www.duolingo.com/InuzukaShino

Mój przyjaciel przedstawił mnie mojemu mężowi.

From a Duolingo question "My friend introduced me to my husband."

Isn´t this sentence meaningless? At least curious (like some other sentence examples in the Duolingo question pool ;-) ). Shouldn´t there be added something like "future", i. e. "My friend introduced me to my future husband." (German: "Mein Freund stellte mich meinem zukünftigen Ehemann vor.")

May 13, 2017

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky

Your question reminds me of the T-Shirt that reads, "You remind me of my next girlfriend". :-)

This said, as a native speaker, it strikes me as perfectly natural for a spouse to say "My friend introduced me to my husband" -- it would be clear enough from context (barring some arranged, proxy marriage situation allued to by Mihxal) that the spouse would be meaning "My friend introduced me to the person who eventually became my. husband".

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/InuzukaShino

Yes, If I try to think about situations, where this sentence might be said and understood I could create some. But the sentense as it is is - at least for me - illogical.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky

That's what happens when sentences are presented without any context.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Okcydent

It works. Even better if given as: „(To) mój przyjaciel poznał mnie z mężem”. That's certainly something a native would say.

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mihxal

But how do you know that it is a future husband? Maybe he is her current husband ;)

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/InuzukaShino

May be I am thinking and speaking a bit more or too logical, but in my mind, you would already know your current husband, so that this sentence does not make sense.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Jellei

Well, amnesia is a terrible illness.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/InuzukaShino

:-)

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Okcydent

This sentence means: At present, there is a man who is my husband. In the past a man who I call now my friend (and most likely he was my friend too) introduced me to this man. This is how we met for the first time.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/mihxal

Time is relative so he may be "future" and "current" depending on the reference point.

May 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

well as long as there are sentences like "I am a penguin" then you can't really complain about whether they make sense or not

May 13, 2017
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