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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/asterix49

"Ich werde ihn Mittagessen nennen."

March 3, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/asterix49

How can you call somebody "lunch"?


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

I think the problem here is once again that the German 'ihn' can refer to any masculine noun like an apple ('Der Apfel'). So you can say 'Ich habe nur einen Apfel. Ich werde ihn Mittagessen nennen' - 'I only have an apple. I'll call it lunch'. Unfortunately, duo seems to mechanically translate 'er' to 'he' and 'ihn' to 'him' which often doesn't make any sense in English. To justify duo's translation we'd have to talk about fables or cannibals here.


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

We do have a similar slang expression, for example, "If he tries that, she'll have him for lunch," meaning that if he does what he proposes to do, . . . well, the rest is probably obvious.


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

Yes, but the German sentence wouldn't be interpreted figuratively but literally. A bit scary...


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

It is. Nonetheless, I plan to treasure the sentence and use it on an occasion of my choosing. ;-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/igb
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You have obviously never watched the Dragon Ball series.


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

Right, so maybe it's like calling a cab? Am i right? Could nennen be used in that sense?

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