I'm Australian so wrote "how is he going?" too and unfortunately it makes what we commonly say here wrong.
I wrote "How is it", since "ihm" is dative pronoun for both "to him" and "to it", and Duo marked it incorrect.
yes, i also did "how is it". Can somebody please let me know why it is not correct?
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The sentence says "es" and "ihm." Because "es" is always "it" it would only make sense that in this example "ihm" is "him." Otherwise it would read, "How goes it it?" It literally translate to, "How goes it with him?"
Because "going" isn't commonly used in the German language. "Wie geht es ihm", just means "how is he (doing)". Geht is another term for doing.
Because 'how is him' isn't correct in English.
In English, 'he' is the subject of the sentence, so it has to stay 'he'.. In German, 'es' is the subject and 'er' is the object, so it has to become 'ihm'. The expression doesn't translate very well literally, like many things.
Ah, they've made a correction. It originally was listed as "her." That was my qualm. I get that it is, "How goes it with him?"
They had another gender error on a different post that I assume has since been corrected. Basically the same question but the translation was from English to German instead.