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"My mother swims more than my father."

Translation:Meine Mutter schwimmt mehr als mein Vater.

March 8, 2013



Why is "Meine Mutter schwimmt mehr als meinen Vater" incorrect? "meinen" is accusative masculine, and it's not okay to use it in this sentence??


Is it not all nominative? (Not being sarcastic, my grammar education was pathetic) To my understanding, the direct object gets the accusative. The father isn't being "verbed" in this sentence, therefor not the direct object, and the mother isn't doing something to or for the father, so he isn't the indirect object, therefor not dative. And it isn't genitive. Default tells me it's nominative. (?)


Think of it as ''My mother swims more than my father DOES.'' The father is implicitly the subject of another verb since we are comparing the frequency of their actions.


Made the same mistake, too.


This is difficult for Anglophones because in english both "than I/he/she/we/they" and "than me/him/her/us/them" are accepted (subjective and objective cases). However, only the former is correct, and it seems to be the same in German. Remeber that in "my mother swims more than my father (swims)", "swims" is implied, and so "my father" is a subject, not an object.


"mehr oft" isn't ok?


"The comparison of adjectives and adverbs in German: No matter how long the adjective or adverb, German always adds -er ("schöner", "interessanter"). Never use mehr for this purpose. Adjective endings follow the -er. Of course, adverbs and predicate adjectives take no endings."



"Meine Mutter schwimmt mehr als mein Papa" should also be accepted here.


That would be a translation for "My mother swims more than my papa".

A quite an unlikely sentence in either language, mixing more formal Mutter/mother with more informal Papa/papa. Unless, perhaps, the speaker wants to emphasize the different levels of respect and affection for each parent.

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